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Board ponders best way to fix Fairfield Landing Road

In October 2013, the Middlesex Board of Supervisors said it wanted VDOT to make plans to fix the road (above) leading to a public landing known as Fairfield Landing on the Piankatank River near Hartfield. The board discussed the issue again on August 4. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors have given John I. Fleet Jr. of Hartfield until November to bring a plan to the board to provide what he calls “better public access” to the Fairfield Landing area.

Fairfield Landing Road (Route 708) on the Piankatank River has been in disrepair and closed to the public for several years. In October 2013, supervisors killed a proposal by then county supervisor Carlton Revere to close and abandon the road.

In a letter, Fleet, who owns land on the water side and on the land side of the road, asked supervisors on Tuesday to defer any expenditures on the road until he can present a “very practical and much less-expensive alternative plan.”

Supervisors agreed to wait but voiced concern that the $72,000 of state highway funds presently available for fixing the road erosion may not be available next year.

Board chair Jack Miller agreed with LeBoeuf and said, “We don’t want to wait too long and lose the state funds to fix it.”

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 08.06.2014

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