With construction of the new high school 40% complete and running below its budget, School Board members turned their attention to the planned horticultural greenhouse and lighting issues on Mosby Boulevard.
With an original price tag of just over $23M, the net of project change orders so far have saved the county $86K. The savings have been derived from the substitution of aluminum electrical conductors in place of copper feeders and through the installation of a foundation slab rather than running the lines overhead.
The School Board is also implementing another cost avoidance strategy moving forward with drilling wells for irrigation. The well water will allow the school system to avoid purchasing the irrigation water from the Town of Berryville. In moving forward with the strategy the School Board has ordered that the greenhouse design include a water-well irrigation system.
At Tuesday night’s School Board meeting design sketches of the greenhouse, including landscape shrubbery and privacy fencing were presented.
According to documents presented at last night’s meeting Virginia Department of Transportation anticipates design approval for Mosby Boulevard in March 2011. Although VDOT says Mosby plans are continuing to be refined and detailed, it still on schedule for an April field inspection.
VDOT says that it is currently developing a construction schedule for the project and a refining cost estimates. As part of the cost estimate process, VDOT says that it is proceeding with lighting design for the entire project, including the roundabout and Mosby Blvd. VDOT has met with utility companies and provided a lighting design layout for review and comment.
Berryville School Board member Jennifer Welliver expressed support for lighting the entire length of Mosby Boulevard even if it means providing additional easement space to VDOT on the north side of the roadway.
“This is a safety issue for students and residents that will be walking along the road” Welliver said. “Kids will be walking there at night after football games and in the morning on the way to school. Mosby really needs to have streetlights.”