SB1762 will be presented to committee this Tuesday, January 29th!
As a refresher last Friday, January 18th, two bills (#SB1761 and #SB1762*) were submitted. Yesterday, #SB1761 was denied and this Tuesday, #SB1762 will go to the committee for vote to continue to the House.
Bill #SB1762 requires a VDOT traffic Study whenever a new landfill is proposed which, if passed could stop a landfill due to traffic volumes beyond safe roadway conditions.
Bill # SB1762 – An abstract of the Bill follows: “Traffic impact analysis; solid waste management facilities. Requires a locality to submit to the Department of Transportation a traffic impact analysis for any proposed rezoning application for a new solid waste management facility.” Go to www.leg1.state.va.us to follow progress and get any additional information.
Email or call the following people to express your support. Do this now as the DEADLINE for consideration is Monday, January 28th at Midnight! Remember to state your name and address when you call or email. You can call/email regardless of where you live / district.
When you call you can leave a voicemail message or a message with their assistant saying that you are in support of Bill 1762 – give your name and address. When you email (or call) you can simply state, “My name is ________ and I live at ________ and I stand in support of Bill 1762”. It can be that easy. However, if you wish to share more information of why you are in favor, please do indeed! It is best to use your own words. There is a sample email at the end of this post you can use as reference if you like. Remember, best to use your own words.
Senator Glen H. Sturtevant – District10@senate.virginia.gov – 804-698-7510
Committee Chairman – William M. Stanley, Jr. – email@example.com – (804) 698-7520
Committee Members with their emails are listed below –
- Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.
(804) 698-7524 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator David W. Marsden
(804) 698-7537 – email@example.com
- Senator Barbara A. Favola
(804) 698-7531 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.
(804) 698-7506 email@example.com
- Senator Scott A. Surovell
(804) 698-7536 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Bill R. DeSteph, Jr.
(804) 698-7508 – email@example.com
- Senator Siobhan S. Dunnavant
(804) 698-7512 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Amanda F. Chase
(804) 698-7511 – email@example.com
- Senator Jeremy S. McPike
(804) 698-7529 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Charles W. Carrico, Sr.
(804) 698-7540 – email@example.com
- Senator Jennifer L. McClellan
(804) 698-7509 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample Email below:
Subject: Support for SB1762
Dear Senator (NAME),
My name is and I live at (your address and county) and urge your committee to approve SB1762. This Bill will impose a level of scrutiny on the impact of truck traffic traveling to and from a landfill and will have a positive effect on roadway safety for my community.
Reasons why you should support this Bill:
Regional landfills serving in and out of state customers typically rely on heavy trucks to transport waste to their sites. For example, the recently proposed mega-landfill in Cumberland County will generate over 500 heavy truck trips a day—250 in and 250 out.
Increasing the percentage of heavy truck traffic as a percentage of the overall average daily traffic lowers levels of service (LOS) for a given road or transportation network.
The Highway Capacity Manual (TRB; 1985) defines six levels of service. They are given letter designations with level-of-service A representing the best operating conditions and level-of-service F representing the worst. These designations describe the operating conditions within a traffic stream addressing the driver’s freedom to maneuver, comfort, traffic interruptions, speed, travel time, and most importantly safety.
Today, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) requires a TIA for any rezoning proposal that will generate more than 5000 vehicles. No requirement exists for a TIA in rural localities for mega-landfills like the one in Cumberland County that will use hundreds of heavy trucks to bring trash from both inside and outside of Virginia to the site. Yet, it is widely recognized that the projected 500 heavy trucks a day serving that site will have a detrimental effect not only on Route 60, a rural two-lane highway, but will also seriously impact the transportation network of other localities in the region.
Public policy makers, citizens, and developers all have a stake in understanding and responding to additional demands on the transportation network. All share the common interest of a safe and efficient transportation network.
A properly developed traffic impact analysis can provide the factual basis for good decision-making and facilitate the timely implementation of effective mitigation measures when mega-landfills are being considered.
Unfortunately, this is not being done today in conjunction with mega-landfill rezoning decisions where heavy truck traffic can decrement local and regional transportation networks and compromise public safety.
(your name and address)
Thank you for using your voice!
*Some information proved by PCA