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Orange Town Council Considering North Street Project

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) - Orange Town Council is considering a project to build a connection between two sides of the same street.

It would connect the original North Street, built years ago, with a newer stretch just a couple hundred feet away.

The plans for this street project have been in the works since the late 1990's.

Town Council is holding a public hearing Monday night before voting on whether or not to obtain the land.

Orange Town Planner John Cooley says connecting the roads would save drivers time and offer an alternative for emergency vehicles.

It only takes a few minutes to get around from one end of North Street to the other, but a connection would allow emergency crews through in the matter of seconds.

“It's going to provide our first responders, our emergency responders, quicker access to a number of subdivisions in this section of town,” Cooley says.

He says it's time to move forward with the street connection. It was put in the town's 2006 comprehensive plan.

The original North Street was constructed by crews who built Oakbrook Terrace Apartments. The other end of the road was put in recently by the Round Hill Meadows Complex.

If the project moves forward, Round Hill's contractors will complete the connection and the Town will maintain it going forward.

“Transportation-wise it's going to improve the connectivity within the town grid transportation system, provide us another north-south connection between Route 15 North and Spicers Mill,” Cooley says.

The project is also designed to relieve traffic pressure from Route 15.

“If there was an accident on Route 15, at this point we would have to detour people to Little Skyline Drive all the way around to Spicers Mill and that's the only way, the closest way it could be done,” says Orange Town Manager Greg Woods.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Public Works Building's community room.

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