Transportation Planning

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Creating plans and conducting studies ensures that transportation projects and operational improvements are completed to facilitate safe and efficient travel within the City.  Below is and overview of current Plans and Studies, with links to webpages that contain more information about each.  Information about funded projects is available on the Transportation Projects webpage.

Unless otherwise noted, questions can be direct to Public Works staff at 540-434-5928 or publicworks@harrisonburgva.gov.

 

Plans:

Street Improvement Plan, Harrisonburg Comprehensive Plan - adopted in 2018

The City of Harrisonburg Comprehensive Plan contains the City's Street Improvement Plan, which identifies transportation and infrastructure improvements that the City may pursue to address safety, congestion, bicycle and pedestrian needs, and new development.  The Comprehensive Plan presents a vision of what kind of community the City would like to be in the future and identifies steps to move toward that vision.  For more information, view the Plan webpage - the Street Improvement Plan is in Chapter 12.

Harrisonburg Capital Improvement Program (CIP) - approved in March 2019

The Capital Improvements Program (CIP) is a multi-year production and scheduling of capital projects of $50,000 or greater with and appropriate financing plan to fund these projects. Harrisonburg's CIP is prepared annually in an effort to facilitate planning and setting priorities among capital improvement needs over a subsequent five-year period.  The CIP is designed to identify projects for all city departments for which funding has already been committed or is being sought for some time within the five-year planning period.  For more information, view the CIP webpage.

Harrisonburg Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan - adopted in 2017

Harrisonburg's Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan provides a framework for enhancing the safety and attractiveness of walking and biking through on- and off-street improvements and public programs.  For more information, view the Plan webpage.

Harrisonburg Downtown Streetscape Plan - adopted in 2014.

The Downtown Streetscape Plan's overall goal is: "To present an easily communicable, comprehensive vision for the public streetscape in Downtown Harrisonburg that can be utilized by public and private agencies to further develop and sustain a vibrant downtown." For more information view the Plan webpage

Harrisonburg Rockingham MPO Long Range Transportation Plan - adopted in 2017

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (HRMPO) was established in 2003 and is the regional transportation planning organization that provides support for multimodal transportation projects in the City of Harrisonburg, the Towns of Bridgewater, Dayton, and Mt. Crawford, and the surrounding portions of Rockingham County.  The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a comprehensive examination of the future transportation needs within the MPO boundaries. For more information, view the Plan webpage

 

Studies:

South Main Street corridor, Erickson Avenue and Pear Street intersection Study - currently underway

This study will evaluate operation and safety conditions on South Main Street to identify short- and long -term improvements, and will evaluate and perform preliminary design work for improvements at the Erickson Avenue and Pear Street intersections.  For more information, view study webpage.

Downtown Traffic Study - currently underway

Main Street and Liberty Street are important corridors in downtown Harrisonburg and provide access to downtown businesses.  Public and private stakeholders have identified the possibility of reconfiguring these roadways to create corridors that are more accessible by a variety of transportation modes and better match the character of a thriving downtown.  This study will evaluate the traffic impacts of three potential future scenarios.  The scenarios to be studied include 1) reducing main Street from two travel lanes to one, 2) reducing Liberty Street from two travel lanes to one, and 3) reducing Main Street and Liberty Street from two through travel lanes to one each.  Traffic impacts of these scenarios on adjacent roads will be determined, and possible mitigation of those impacts will be identified.  The study results will inform a future Downtown Master Plan. 

Downtown Parking Study - currently underway

A holistic approach to parking management is needed for downtown, the city's compact central mixed-use district.  The last downtown parking study was conducted in 2009.  Parking needs have changed since then due to growth in this area of the city.  The robust data collection, analysis, and public vetting of solutions to be conducted by this study will ensure that the new plan serves downtown parking needs for the next 10 years.  For more information, view the Study webpage.

Corridor Signal Timing Optimization Program - currently underway

This effort will update signal timing and coordination at 33 intersections across four major corridors throughout the city.  The corridors are: US 11/South Main Street from Mosby Road to Martin Luther King Jr. Way, US 33/East Market Street from Vine Street/Hawkins Street to Chestnut Ridge Drive, Route 42/South Hight Street from Erickson Avenue to 3rd Street, Route 253/Port Republic Road from Bluestone Drive/Hillside Avenue to Neff Avenue/Peach Grove Avenue.  The signal optimization will increase safety and efficiency on these corridors. 

Port Republic Road Safety and Operations Study - completed in 2019

This study addresses operational and safety issues at multiple intersections along the Port Republic Road corridor between South Main Street and Devon Lane.  Port Republic Road is a major urban arterial, providing access to commercial and residential areas of the City of Harrisonburg as well as the primary entrance to The James Madison University (JMU) campus.  Increased growth and demand from all modes of transportation, combined with closely-spaced intersections and interchange ramps, create traffic congestion and safety issues that have an impact on regional travel conditions.  The study identifies recommendations to improve travel conditions throughout the corridor.  For more information, view the study webpage

East Market Street (Route 33) Corridor Improvement Study - completed in 2018

In this study, existing safety and traffic operational issues in the project area were identified and reviewed with a goal of developing improvements to maximize vehicular mobility through minimizing congestion and delay, reducing crashes, and improving management.  In addition to these general improvement objectives, the study proposes improvement alternatives for 2025 conditions by addressing operational enhancements and capital improvement projects in the project study area.  For more information, View the study webpage.

Chicago Avenue Corridor Study - completed in 2013

The corridor study makes recommendations for traffic, engineering, and land use for the corridor, along with a series of conceptual engineering sketches that initiates further engineering design for future roadway improvements.  for more information, view the study webpage