Sept. 24, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Last night, the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors approved the allocation of $30 million in bonds for road and drainage improvements throughout the county due to historic flooding that occurred on Aug. 15. A significant portion of these funds will be used to improve the crossings on Otterdale Road which routinely flood during heavy rain storms.
This allocation by the Board supports a larger effort to improve historic drainage problems throughout the county. In addition to Otterdale Road, this funding will be used to improve other areas of concern throughout the county.
“My fellow board members and I are very excited to address a long-standing public safety issue along Otterdale Road and, in the process, ease concern and worry among Beckenham, Summer Lake, Westerleigh and other area residents when heavy rains occur,” said Vice Chair and Matoaca District Supervisor Kevin Carroll. “We’re equally excited to tackle similar concerns among other areas throughout the county with projects that will improve safety and quality of life for all residents and motorists.”
In March 2020, a high-level drainage study was completed along Otterdale Road on five stream crossings that are prone to flooding. The crossings studied include Otterdale Branch, Horsepen Creek, Blackman Creek, Swift Creek and Tomahawk Creek. Included in the each of the crossing studies were findings and recommendations.
Now with this funding, the county can begin field work to develop a design plan with the goal of having a conceptual design to share with the public by spring 2021. Construction would be anticipated to start in fall 2021 and community meetings will be held before then to explain construction timelines and potential traffic impacts.
For more information on other county road projects, visit chesterfield.gov/roadprojects.