MECC Second Entrance Gets Funds

From Coalfield Progress 9-21-12

Second entrance to MECC gets funds

A second entrance to the campus of Mountain Empire Community College and the Virginia Division of Mines, Minerals and Energy will be constructed in 2013, alleviating congestion with a primary goal of reducing the number of accidents at the U.S. 23 intersection. The Wise County Board of Supervisors recently approved funding of coal severance monies for the new road project, to be constructed approximately one-third of a mile south of the existing main entrance to MECC’s campus, Wise County and the college announced. The second entrance will feature a crossover
on U.S. 23 similar to the one at the main entrance, and will pass between MECC’s maintenance building and the Virginia Department of Transportation’s right-ofway line, connecting to the loop road on the south side of campus. The Mountain Empire Community College campus and the Virginia Division of Mines, Minerals and Energy currently share only one main entrance off U.S. 23, which causes congestion leading to frequent accidents for both north and southbound traffic. Review of the project is currently underway by MECC, VDOT, and the Virginia Department of Conservation and
Recreation. Thompson & Litton is providing engineering services for the project. The current schedule places public advertisement for this project in January 2013 with construction beginning in
March 2013. The second entrance road should be open to traffic by the end of 2013. For more information, contact Donna Shelton at 276/523-2400.