This project reallocates space on Federal Street, between Elizabeth Street and Market Street, to construct a shared use path that people bicycling and walking can use as an alternative to Liberty Street, Main Street, and Mason Street, where there are no separate facilities for bicycles. The project will make a 2-way local street in downtown into a one-way street to provide the space for the separated bicycle and pedestrian path. The block between Elizabeth Street and Market Street will become one-way northbound for vehicle traffic. A conceptual diagram of the proposed improvements, as identified in the Downtown Streetscape Plan, is shown below. This project received funding through the VDOT Transportation Alternatives Program
Between Elizabeth Street and Market Street
Preliminary Engineering - 2019
Construction - 2020
The Federal Street shared use path is planned to connect the Northend Greenway to the Bluestone Trail by way of downtown, to eventually provide a seamless, dedicated north/south bicycle and pedestrian route. More information can be found in the Bicycle Pedestrian Plan and the Downtown Streetscape Plan.