The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to direct a chunk of state funding into a future upgrade of Dry Hollow Road.

The allocation comes from a small pot of money available for work on smaller, secondary streets.

This year, Roanoke County is in line to get about $242,600 for general roadwork priorities from that fund and about $58,000 for the paving of currently unpaved roads.

The board endorsed a plan to set aside the roadwork money to help reconfigure and widen a narrow railroad underpass on Dry Hollow Road.

The move will cover only a portion of that project’s $2.1 million budget estimate. The county, in partnership with the state, has been steadily working to piece together all the needed funding from multiple sources.

Officials aim to start construction on the project in fiscal year 2022.

Dry Hollow Road is currently the top priority for money received from the state’s secondary road improvement fund.

That fund was once a more significant source of state transportation dollars for the county. But, in the wake of the recession and an overhaul of state funding methods, it’s moved to a more modest cache of money.

This year’s allotment of paving dollars was earmarked for future work on Ivy Ridge Road. That project’s total estimated budget is $200,000, and it’s also currently pegged to happen in fiscal year 2022.

Other projects that could be in line for a piece of this secondary roadwork funding in the future include extending Fallowater Lane across Electric Road and bringing a roundabout or other form of realignment to the intersection of Starkey Road and Buck Mountain Road.

Those and other projects are currently included in a six-year plan for the money’s use.

In other news, Roanoke County is gearing up to debut a website redesign next week.

The revamped layout will be more mobile friendly and sport an updated look. It will also feature new tabs making information easier to find about public notices, bill payments, and other frequently sought topics.

The redesign, which had a budget of $65,000, is set to go live on the afternoon of June 20. The county website attracts over 2 million page views per year from around 800,000 unique visitors. The site can be found at www.roanokecountyva.gov.

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Alicia Petska covers what's happening in Roanoke County and the City of Salem.

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