Projects - Halifax

In 2019, funding was approved by Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, through their Recreational Trails Program, to assist with a new boating, canoe, and kayak launch in South Boston. The site is located on the south side of the Dan River, at the US 501 (Huell Matthews Highway) bridge. The boat launch will accomodate motorized boats and non-motorized boats, canoes, and kayaks. SPDC staff is assisting with the DCR grant project, and the project has also received funding or assets from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region's RiverBank Fund Grant Program and the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation.

The SPDC provided assistance to Halifax County and coordianted with the Town of Halifax on a Smart Scale grant application for the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of LP Bailey Memorial Highway and Bethel Road.  The project was selected for funding in the amount of $9,921,330 by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in June of 2021.  This project will increase safety and network connection at the subject intersection.  In addition to the roundabout, improvements include the reconstruction/realighned of Back Street to create a traditional 4-legged intersection and pedestrian improvements throughout the project area.  Based on VDOT's Six-Year Improvement Program, this project is anticipated to begin in FY25.

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The Town of Halifax is starting off 2015 with a bang after being awarded a $90,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).  The grant will allow Halifax to grow their Public Boating Access Facilities by constructing two boat ramps along the Banister Lake.

The existing boat ramp at Banister Lake, has been in use for over 30 years, and is in need of major upgrades. The courtesy pier also needs to be replaced as the site is not currently ADA compliant.

Southside PDC secures grant funds for a new wood waste-fired biomass electric generating facility.

South Boston Energy projectTractor-trailer rigs packed with wood waste are lifted high in the sky while the contents are emptied to use as fuel at the new South Boston Energy Plant, which will use renewable biofuels to generate power for customers of the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC). Photo courtesy of the News and Record, South Boston/Halifax County, VA."Waste not, want not," goes the age old adage that suits the South Boston Energy Project. South Boston Energy is partnering with Halifax County Service Authority and Halifax County to turn waste, by-products and residue into a useable energy source. The benefit is twofold: the generating of needed electricity and the disposal of unneeded wastes. The first loads of wood waste were delivered at the new power plant in March.

The project is made possible by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development prepared by Southside Planning District Commission on behalf of Halifax County. The $650,000 grant was used to construct off-site improvements to serve South Boston Energy, a 49.9 megawatt biomass-fueled power plant located on a 100-acre brownfield site near South Boston, Virginia. The new wood-fired power plant will have the capacity to burn as much as 600,000 tons of wood waste annually to generate renewable electric energy to serve the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC).