City mulls Route 58 fundingPublished 9:44pm Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Planning Commission got their first look Tuesday at the city’s proposed Capital Improvements Plan, which covers planned capital projects from fiscal years 2013-2014 to 2022-2023.
The plan totals more than $748 million for 10 years, with about $327.2 planned for the first five years. The first year of the plan, which will be considered for funding as part of the budget process in the spring, is $59.7 million.
For the first five years, proposed projects for public schools make up 41 percent of the plan. Transportation projects are 31 percent, and the remaining 28 percent includes public buildings, public safety, parks and recreation and village and neighborhood projects.
About three-quarters of the funding is proposed to come from debt, while the general fund will contribute 10 percent and other sources, including the state and federal governments, will contribute 17 percent.
One of the biggest projects proposed for the first year of the plan is a Kenyon Road connector that would run from Kenyon Road across from Paul D. Camp Community College to Holland Road, providing a bypass for truck traffic. The project would cost $7.7 million, according to an estimate in a report presented Tuesday by city Budget Director Anne Seward.
In addition, the first $6 million of funding for Holland Road improvements is proposed in the first year. An additional $10 million each year is set to come in years two, four and five of the plan.
In January, officials estimated it would cost about $73 million to widen Route 58 approximately from the bypass to Manning Road.
“The project that’s risen to the top is the Holland Road improvements,” Seward said during the presentation.
Another $1.25 million is proposed for the master plan for a new central library and associated redevelopment in the West Washington Street area.
On East Washington Street, the city proposes to spend $136,000 upgrading the security system and perimeter fencing at the downtown police precinct.
The city also hopes to spend $1.5 million in the first year of the plan to upgrade an old military facility on Bennetts Creek Park Road to become the new Bennett’s Creek Recreation Center.
Other major projects proposed in the first year include $225,000 for improvements at the Planters Club, including construction of a parking lot, fence upgrades and exterior lighting; $1.2 million for a terminal building renovation, parallel taxiway and taxi lanes at the Suffolk Executive Airport; $1.75 million for renovations at the Market Street fire station; $1 million to renovate the city-owned building at 440 Market Street to allow the Suffolk Public Schools administration to move in; $1.6 million to improve the Nansemond Parkway/Wilroy Road intersection; and more.
About $17 million in water and sewer projects are proposed in the first year.
A variety of school projects are planned in later years of the plan. A new, 1,200-pupil middle school for the northeastern part of the city would get $34 million in funding during the second and third years of the plan. A new elementary school for the northern part of the city would receive $18 million in funding during years four and five.
In addition, $16.2 million is planned in the fourth year to renovate John F. Kennedy Middle School and add 8,000 square feet of classroom and kitchen space.
The Planning Commission will review the proposal again in January and send a recommendation to City Council.
To view the full plan, visit www.suffolkva.us/2013-2014-budget-information.