Winchester City Councilors are sending the plans to relocate a portion of Millwood Avenue through another green light. At Tuesday's council meeting, most of the councilors voted to forward plans and others still voiced some concerns.
"If we vote this yes today, this does not mean Millwood avenue is closed tomorrow," said Winchester City Council President Jeff Buettner.
With that being said, Winchester City Council approved the preliminary engineering plan for the relocation of Millwood Avenue -giving Shenandoah University the go ahead to move forward.
"The next step is then for Shenandoah University to hire an engineering firm to proceed with final design, which would show all the details. The width of the pavement. The curbs. Construction drawings basically so that the project could then be prepared for bid," said Winchester City Manager Dale Iman.
Iman says that plan would then go back to council for final approval. The City also needs VDOT to transfer the road to the City. Iman says VDOT isn't expected to have their review of the proposed Millwood changes until November.
"So that's probably the last step that will be required before any construction can be considered even and whether or not the final design will be done by then or completed by then and presented to council is still up in the air," said Iman.
Then another vote would need to take place to exchange land with SU. Iman says the improvements SU is proposing far exceed the value of that section of Millwood Avenue.
"They're going to be putting in the access lane, traffic signalization, landscaping, beautification of an entry way into the city, storm water retention which will improve the water quality of Abrams Creek. A number of improvements that total about $2 million in value," said Iman.
And some surrounding businesses are signing off on the improvements.
"Beltone, Simon Property Group, Allen Properties... So all of the adjacent property owners that I was most concerned about have signed off on this that they have either improved properties or improved access to their facilities and feel like this is something they should support," said Winchester City Councilor John Willingham.
© Copyright 2013 TV3 Winchester / Gray Television Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.