FREDERICKSBURG ˗˗ The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) offices in the Saluda Residency will be moving to a temporary location next year until a new office facility is built.

 

The Saluda Residency encompasses Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, Essex, King William and King & Queen counties. It has nearly 100 employees that are responsible for maintaining more than 1,700 miles of state roads.

 

Currently, customers in any of the six counties can access VDOT office personnel at 1027 General Puller Highway in Saluda. VDOT staff will relocate to 300 Virginia Street in downtown Urbanna on Jan. 9. The temporary office is located 4.5 miles away from the current office facilities. Office hours will remain 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Customer service, including permits, snow removal services, maintenance assistance, and right-of-way requests will all be available at the temporary location in Urbanna.

 

The capital outlay project will demolish the current office building on General Puller Highway and build a new office space on the same land. The project will be advertised to bidders at the end of January, with construction expected to break ground in March 2017.

 

The $1.8 million project will take at least a year to build. The new office space will more than double the current facility size with 8,500 square feet of office space, including a large conference room for public meetings.

 

The current facility, built in 1954, is 3,500 square feet and lacks a space for public meetings.

 

The new residency building will help staff serve Saluda Residency customers more effectively and efficiently with more personnel in one location, as well as, an assembly area for public hearings.

 

VDOT anticipates being at the temporary location until December 2018. VDOT’s staff phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same throughout the transition. The current mailing address to the Saluda Residency (1027 General Puller Highway Saluda, VA 23149) will also remain the same.

 

Due to limited physical access during construction, please use email, phone and mail to communicate with staff members. If you must make an in-person visit after Jan. 9, please call ahead to ensure access is possible.

 

For more information, please visit the project page at www.VirginiaDOT.gov .