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Roadway reconfiguration efforts seek to improve safety and operations on roads through modifying the use of the existing pavement to change the number and alignment of lanes. Most commonly, a road with two lanes in each direction is reconfigured to have one lane in eachRoad Reconfigurations Image direction, a center turn lane, and bicycle lanes in each direction. The Federal Highway Administration has shown this type of roadway reconfiguration to improve safety, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) encourages implementation of reconfigurations when appropriate. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), at least 27 reconfigurations have been completed in Virginia and an average crash reduction of 19-47 percent.

In Harrisonburg, reconfiguration is being considered for multiple road corridors. The City’s goals for each reconfiguration are to decrease crashes and to improve the safety and desirability of biking and walking on the corridor. Reconfiguration of a roadway will be considered if the evaluation completed shows that the desired benefits may be achieved, that operations at intersections are acceptable, and the change does not cause excessive delay for people driving. 

The most common type of reconfiguration involves changing an existing four-lane, undivided roadway into one with two through lanes, a center two-way left-turn lane, and bike lanes. 

Corridors Identified for Reconfigurations

The corridors listed below have been studied for reconfiguration, are funded for reconfiguration, or have been identified for potential reconfiguration. Unless otherwise noted for a corridor, reconfiguration will be considered when the road is next repaved through the annual paving schedule. All reconfiguration concept diagrams are preliminary and subject to change.

Mt. Clinton Pike between Main Street (US 11) and Virginia Avenue (VA 42)

A study was completed in 2022 that evaluated the reconfiguration of this corridor.

Gay Street between Liberty Street and Broad Street

A study was completed in 2022 that evaluated the reconfiguration of this corridor. In 2022, the City submitted an application for Virginia Highway Safety Improvement Program (VHSIP) funding to complete the reconfiguration and add crosswalks at two intersections on the corridor. The City will learn in early 2023 if this project will be funded.

Garbers Church Road between W. Market Street (US 33) and Erickson Avenue       

A study was completed in 2022 that evaluated the reconfiguration of this corridor.

W. Market Street (US 33) between High St (VA 42) and Garbers Church Road

A study was completed in 2022 that evaluated the reconfiguration of this corridor.

E. Market Street (US 33) between Mason Street and Vine Street/Hawkins Street   

A study was completed in 2022 that evaluated the reconfiguration of this corridor. As the potential benefits of this reconfiguration may not offset potential negative impacts, the reconfiguration identified in the documents below will not be considered when this road is next repaved.

Evelyn Byrd Avenue between E. Market Street (US 33) and Reservoir Street

  • Reconfiguration of this roadway has been funded. For more information, view the project webpage.
  • Concept diagrams and information about the evaluation completed will be provided during the public involvement phase of the project. 

University Boulevard between E. Market Street (US 33) and Carrier Drive

  • Reconfiguration of this road has been funded between Reservoir Street and E. Market Street. For more information, view the project webpage.
  • Concept diagrams and information about the evaluation completed will be provided during the public involvement phase of the project.
  • Reconfiguration of this road between Reservoir Street and Carrier Drive is being considered for implementation at the same time as the segment of University Boulevard east of Reservoir Street.