Garbers Church Road Shared Use Path

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Current Size: 80%

The Garbers Church Road Shared Use Path project consists of sidewalk and shared use path (SUP) improvements along Garbers Church Road, between Garbers Church Road and Thomas Harrison Middle School, and between Thomas Harrison Middle School and Westover Park.  The project will connect schools, parks, and residential neighborhoods, and will extend the sidewalk and SUP constructed as part of the new Bluestone Elementary School.

The project includes sidewalk and SUP construction along the east side of Garbers Church Road.  The sidewalk portion of the project will begin at the entrance to Bluestone Elementary School and continue north along the east side of Garbers Church Road to Park Lawn Drive.  The SUP portion of the project extends along the road frontage of the Elementary School property, goes south until it’s across the road from the High School, and then leaves the road right-of-way heading east toward Hillandale Park.  The project will replace a pedestrian bridge leading to Hillandale Avenue in Hillandale Park.

A portion of the route will utilize Hillandale Avenue, in the park, and potential roadway improvements will be assessed to facilitate this shared road condition.  Leaving the east side of the park, the SUP will utilize an existing power line easement, as it makes its way toward Thomas Harrison Middle School.  A future phase of the project will connect the ending point at Thomas Harrison Middle School to Westover Park.


Public Hearing Announcement

The Harrisonburg City Council will hold a public hearing on January 23, 2018, at 7:00pm, or as soon as the agenda permits, in the City Council Chambers located at 409 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia, to consider the progress to date on the Garbers Church Road Shared Use Path, including design and public involvement, and request authorization from City Council to begin right-of-way negotiations for the project. 

All persons interested will have an opportunity to express their views at these public hearings.

Any person requiring auxiliary aids, including signers, in connection with this public hearing shall notify the City Manager at least five (5) days prior to the time of the hearing.


November 9, 2017 Public Meeting Materials

Poster 1: Garbers Church Shared Use Path 

Poster 2: Garbers Church Shared Use Path PDF[1.0MB]

Poster 3: Garbers Church Shared Use Path PDF[1.5MB]

Poster 4: Garbers Church Shared Use Path PDF[0.8MB]

Poster 5: Garbers Church Shared Use Path PDF[3.5MB]

Poster 6: Garbers Church Shared Use Path PDF[2.1MB]



  • November 2016 – VHB under contract for engineering services
  • January 2017 - Citizen Information Meeting to share concepts and receive public input
  • Late 2017 – Design Public Hearing to show proposed route and receive feedback
  • January 23, 2018 – Presentation to City Council; Public Hearing
  • 2019-2020 – Right of way
  • 2021 – Construction


Questions? Contact Thomas Hartman, PE at or 540-434-5928.