The purpose of the project is to construct a new segment of the Northend Greenway and improve safety throughout the corridor. The Northend Greenway is a 10' wide, paved shared use path. This project will construct the path from Virginia Avenue to Park Road on the north side of Mount Clinton Pike. Sidewalk gaps will be filled on the south side of the street, pending feasibility evaluation and cost. A westbound left turn lane will be delineated on Mount Clinton Pike at Chicago Avenue. Additionally, traffic signage and pavement markings will be reviewed and updated throughout the corridor.
The project was initially intended to improve safety and accessibility by improving an offset intersection and adding separated bicycle and pedestrian accommodation. In 2014, the General Assembly passed House Bill 2, which restructured the way the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) awards transportation funds to localities. The legislative action significantly affected the Mount Clinton Pike Road Improvement project, which was well into the design phase of development at that time. The City attempted multiple times, unsuccessfully, to obtaining the remaining necessary funding to complete the project under the new funding rules. Since it is significantly unlikely that construction funding can be obtained for the larger scope of the project, staff received VDOT approval to change the scope of the project to allow the City to use the balance of the previously-awarded (pre-2014) project development funds to complete a beneficial, but smaller, project.
- Preliminary Engineering and Public Involvement - Spring 2021
- Right of Way/Utilities - 2021- 2022
- Construction - 2023
Questions? Contact Mr. Tom Hartman, PE, Director of Public Works, at Tom.Hartman@HarrisonburgVA.gov or 540-434-5928.
- Chicago Avenue Corridor Study - completed in 2013, this study makes recommendations for traffic, engineering, and land use along Chicago Avenue, Mt. Clinton Pike, Park Road, and Parkwood Drive.
- Northend Greenway - Shared use path project between Park View area and Downtown Harrisonburg.