With an eye toward improving highway safety the Tazewell Count Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission amended county’s comprehensive plan on June 25.

The board held a joint public hearing with the planning commission to discuss adding two highway projects to the plan that was adopted in 2017.

County Administrator Eric Young said adding the language to the plan would enhance the county’s efforts to get funding from the Commonwealth Transportation Board to make improvements to a pair of crossovers in the county’s road system.

The crossovers are located between Claypool Hill and Tazewell with the first located near Fashion Road in the Pounding Mill section of the county and the other directly across from Crosstie Lane.

Young said there have been several accidents at both crossovers and representatives with VDOT said they needed to be part of the county’s comprehensive plan.

“They didn’t guarantee us they would be funded if we put them in the comprehensive plan but they will not be if they aren’t in it,” Young said.

The comprehensive plan is jointly developed by the county’s planning commission and the board of supervisors.

The plan is used to guide the county’s economic development, housing, quality of life, land use and transportation. The plan is updated every six years and was not due for full review until 2023.

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