Pictured is the US 460/Blue Ridge Springs Road intersection.

By Aila Boyd


The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to authorize the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to utilize up to $45,000 from the county volunteer fire departments budget for installation of flashing fire/EMS warning signs at the US 460/Blue Ridge Springs Road intersection last Tuesday.

The money that will be used for the project will come from current year savings that Jason Ferguson, the chief of fire and EMS for the county, identified.

The warning signs will alert motorists on US 460 of approaching emergency vehicles from the Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department on Blue Ridge Springs Road.

“There’s currently not a means for providing forewarning for vehicles traveling east or west bound,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson noted that the county has been working to address the matter for roughly five years.

He went on to explain that old equipment was considered. However, it was determined that the best route for installing signs would be to purchase new equipment. The new equipment, he said, will be solar powered…

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