Suffolk planners approve $60 million in construction
SUFFOLK, Jan 16, 2013 (The Virginian-Pilot - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The Planning Commission has approved a plan to spend $60 million next year on construction projects that include road improvements in the Route 58 corridor, an emergency-911 communications center and land acquisition for a downtown library.
The projects are part of a 10-year capital improvement plan that calls for spending $748.1 million through 2023 on public buildings, water and sewer facilities and other projects, most of it financed with long-term bonds.
The commission approved the plan Tuesday by a vote of 8-0. It now goes to the City Council, which will hold a public hearing Feb. 6.
Projects scheduled for funding in the first year will be included in the city's operating budget, scheduled to come before the council in April.
Those include $17.8 million in water, sewer and stormwater projects and $41.8 million for transportation, public buildings, public safety, school construction and parks and recreation.
Transportation projects include $7.7 million for a connector road from Kenyon Road to Holland Road. The route is designed to relieve truck traffic along the congested Route 58 corridor west of downtown.
Public safety projects include $11.8 million for a 911 communications center and tower and $1.7 million for renovations at the Market Street fire station.
School construction projects include $1 million for renovations to turn the city's Human Resources Building into a school administration building.
The School Board has asked the city to postpone that project and use the money instead to help with construction of a new Southern Elementary School.
The plan also calls for spending $1.2 million for land acquisition and planning for a central library on West Washington Street.
Jeff Sheler, 757-222-5563, email@example.com
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