March Issues to share

posted Mar 18, 2009, 6:12 AM by John Lewis   [ updated Mar 18, 2009, 6:20 AM by Lisa Medders ]

Please share this important information with your school communities as soon as possible:

#1 VDOT Proposed Service Changes: 

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold 11 public meetings across Virginia to discuss proposed service changes to address long-term funding reductions.  These changes in highway/road maintenance will significantly impact Albemarle County Public Schools students, parents, and teachers.

The public meeting concerning the Albemarle County area is scheduled this Thursday, March 19th at 6:00pm:

(Culpeper District)
Daniel Technology Center
18121 Technology Drive
Culpeper 22701

Josh Davis, Director of Transportation for Albemarle County Public Schools (973-5716, jdavis@k12albemarle.org) developed the following information regarding VDOT's proposed reductions:

  • - VDOT will reduce service for snow/ice management/removal.
  • - paved roads with average daily traffic (ADT) less than 750 vehicles will be plowed within 48 hours, rather than the current standard of 24 hours.  Unpaved roads will not be plowed at all.
  • - The most severe impact will be on unpaved roads, where 15% of ACPS students have bus stops.  Another 58% of students have bus stops on roads that would be plowed within 48 hours.
  • - Proposed maintenance standards will add to problems regarding grading of unpaved roads (additional wear and tear on school buses), flooding, vegetation control (tall grass at bus stops) and safety measures such as signs and pavement markings.
  • - more than 50 percent of ACPS students live in rural areas, and many of these are served by light traffic or unpaved roads.  This table shows the numbers of students (K-12) and their road categories for their bus stops in 4 ACPS elementary school districts:  

 

Stony Point Elementary District

Yancey Elementary District

Brownsville Elementary District

Meriwether Lewis Elementary District

Total

Cat 1-3: ADT > 750

79

114

334

238

765

Cat 4: ADT < 750 (Paved)

214

204

455

626

1499

Cat 5:  Unpaved

107

73

178

74

432

New Roads – No Data*

173




17

Total

573

391

967

938

2869

% in Category 4 and 5

86%

71%

65%

75%

73%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citizens may submit comments via e-mail to vdotinfo@vdot.virginia.gov by April 15, 2009.

For more information about proposed service impacts/changes to VDOT operations:  http://www.virginiadot.org/news/blueprint_meetings.asp.

 

#2  Lecture

"Health in the Commonwealth - Two Pressing and Interrelated Issues:  Infant Mortality and Childhood Obesity.  What can bedside clinicians do?"

April 15, 12:00-1:00pm

McLeod Hall, UVa School of Nursing

presented by Karen Remley, MD, MBA, State Health Commissioner

Virginia Department of Health

Free, open to the public

For information:  Dory Hulse, Dir. of Communications, UVa School of Nursing

434-924-0085


Thank you for your efforts to share this important information.

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