The Northend Greenway is envisioned to be a 2.5-mile shared use path connecting people in north Harrisonburg with places they want to go. From Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, to residential neighborhoods, Eastern Mennonite University, Eastern Mennonite School, community centers, and more.
In December 2016, the City of Harrisonburg received an unsolicited proposal through the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act (PPEA). This proposal was received from Momentum Earthworks and is to construct a section of the Northend Greenway Trail and also perform stream restoration work along Blacks Run. After soliciting for competing proposals, the City received no additional proposals. City staff has negotiated a draft interim agreement with Momentum Earthworks that authorizes engineering and environmental work to begin.
A significant portion of Phase I of the Northend Greenway (Mount Clinton Pike east of the railroad to Suter Street, following Blacks Run) is currently under design, and includes the restoration of Blacks Run, running parallel to the path. Right-of-way acquisition for this section of path will take place over the winter (2017-2018). A presentation and public hearing will be held with City Council this winter or early spring (2018) to approve a final agreement with the contractor for construction of this phase. Construction is expected to begin in the spring, and complete in the summer to early fall, 2018. A portion of Phase I of the Northend Greenway, between Park Road and Virginia Avenue, will be constructed with the Mt. Clinton Pike Road Improvement Project.
The Northend Greenway project will be designed and constructed in multiple phases.
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Phase I of the Northend Greenway begins at the intersection of Mt. Clinton Pike & Virginia Avenue to the end of Suter Street near North Liberty Street. The Northend Greenway parallels Blacks Run for significant distance. This phase is funded by Virginia Department of Transportation's Revenue Sharing Funds and city funds.
MT. CLINTON PIKE ROAD IMPROVEMENT
A portion of the Northend Greenway, between Park Road and Virginia Avenue, will be constructed with the Mt. Clinton Pike Road Improvement Project.
No schedule or funding for Phase II has been determined yet.
- March 2011 - At the request of New Community Project, City Council amends the City Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan to include the Northend Greenway.
- June 2013 - City of Harrisonburg and Northend Greenway steering committee complete the Northend Greenway Design Principles, which serves as a visioning document for the design of the shared use path.
- Fall 2013 - the City was awarded $600,000 in Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Revenue Sharing Funds and City Council committed a $600,000 local match for a total of $1.2 million for the Northend Greenway project.
- February 2014 - the City awards Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc (VHB) to assist the City with engineering services for the Northend Greenway Phase I.
- December 2016 - the City of Harrisonburg received an unsolicited proposal through the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act (PPEA) to design and construct Phase I of the Northend Greenway, and restore Blacks Run, parallel to the path.
- July 2017 - The City entered into an interim agreement with Momentum Earthworks for design and environmental work associated with Phase I of the Northend Greenway.
Questions? Contact Tom Hartman, PE, Assistant Director of Public Works at Tom.Hartman@HarrisonburgVA.gov.
For questions about the Northend Greenway, non-profit organization, visit the Northend Greenway website.