The 501 Coalition
ABOUT THE 501 COALITION
The 501 Coalition is a truly regional group, comprised of representatives from cities, counties, and private industries served by 501. These diverse stakeholders have joined together with one common goal: to make 501 safer.
Much of this aging roadway is sorely unfit to handle the volume of traffic that has emerged in recent years. Along many parts of its hilly, serpentine path, visibility is poor and accidents are all too common.
But through the unified voice of the Coalition, neighboring localities are advocating improvements to 501 that will make travel safer and more convenient for millions of residents and visitors as well as for business and industry.
Soon after its formation in 1995, the Coalition's members developed a list of 10 areas along 501 most in need of improvement. The Coalition recently re-evaluated and updated the 1995 list and voted on a new list of priority areas. There are now 18 areas along 501 in need of improvement that are considered top priorities to the 501 Coalition. The group works with legislators and state agencies to encourage the completion of these projects.
The fact that these prioritized projects do not favor one locality over another, plus the fact that the group's members come from multiple Department of Transportation districts, makes the Coalition an effective model of regional cooperation. (Our regional consensus not only stretches from Interstate 81 at Lexington to the North Carolina border, but crosses the border extending to the Research Triangle.)
Ultimately, the Coalition promotes expanding 501 to four lanes along its entire length, creating a robust route capable of safely supporting the increased traffic generated by the region's current and future growth.
The U.S. 501 Regional Coalition is truly a regional undertaking, seeking to ensure safe and convenient travel for the more than one million citizens served by this major route. The Coalition stands ready to work with you to "keep Virginia moving" safely and efficiently.
U.S. ROUTE 501 - REGIONAL COALITION MEMBER LOCALITIES:
Town of Brookneal
City of Lynchburg
Town of South Boston
STATE & LOCAL SUPPORT FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO ROUTE 501
Austin, Donald VDOT - Appomattox/ Campbell 434-352-7135
Martin, Kenneth VDOT - Halifax, Residency Administrator 434-433-3141
Byron, Kathy J. VA House of Delegates 434-582-1592
Campbell, Phyllis Brookneal - Mayor 434-376-3124
Christie, Gary Region 2000 Local Government Council 434-845-3491
Thurston, Russell Brookneal Town Manager 434-376-3124
Owens, Edward Town of South Boston 434-575-4200
Davidson, Mike Campbell County Economic Development 434-592-9595
Davis, J.T. Halifax County Board of Supervisors 434-376-5480
Newman, Stephen D. VA State Senate 434-385-1065
Fariss, Matthew C. VA House of Delegates 434-821-5929
Halasz, James M. Halifax County Administrator 434-476-3300
Boggess, Carl Bedford County Administrator 540-586-7601
Ruff, Jr., Frank M. VA State Senate 434-374-5129
Harvey, Paul Campbell County Community Development 434-592-9592
Edmunds, II, James E. VA House of Delegates 434-476-0077
Kennedy, Christine Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 434-845-5968
Kessler, Jeffrey VDOT - Salem & Lynchburg 434-856-8293
Rogers, Frank Campbell County Administrator 434-592-9525
Lovelace, Ron Bedford County 540-587-8870
Martin, Susan Bedford Chamber of Commerce 540-586-9401
Blido, Traci Bedford County Economic Development 540-587-5670
Newman, Stephen D. VA State Senate 434-386-1065
Payne, L. Kimball City of Lynchburg 434-455-3990
Puckett, J.D. Campbell County Board of Supervisors 434-376-5780
Daniels, Todd VDOT 540-586-7910
Kaine, Tim US Senate 202-224-2023
Webb, Jim US Senate 202-224-4024
White, Bob Region 2000 Local Government Council 434-845-5678
Valentine, Shannon Commonwealth Trans. Board 434-941-8974