07 April 2015
Parts of the village of Fork Union will be getting a facelift, thanks to a group of citizens who dedicated 14 years to the project, county government officials, the Thomas Jefferson District Planning Commission (TJDPC,) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT.)
The street-scaping project, with a total budget of $354,730, was largely funded by a grant from VDOT. As a condition of the grant, VDOT provided 80 percent of the funding, and the locality must provide the additional 20 percent to fund the work. Fluvanna County has set aside around $78,000 as their contribution to the project.
Plans for improvement include streetlights, the addition of benches, landscaping, and improvements to the sidewalks. The project is scheduled to happen in stages; the first stage should begin mid-April and finish in August 2015.
“This is a great day,” exclaimed Fluvanna Board of Supervisors Chair Mozell Booker at the ground breaking ceremony on April 4. “It has been 14 years since this project started,” Booker continued, “and all of these people standing here used to meet every week.” Booker stood on the sidewalk in front of Fork Union Baptist Church, shovel in hand, with a group of representatives from TJPDC, the Fork Union Military Academy, county government, and the citizens who formed the committee.
“These people would work with a designer to get the design, then work with community members - and then they would have to go back to the drawing board!” Booker said with a laugh.
“I would like to thank all of you all for your dedication - you did not give up,” Booker said to the group. Then we turned it over to our county people - our county administrator Steve Nichols, and engineers and staff…they are going to get it done,” Booker said.