Transportation Projects

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The following projects are primarily transportation-related, but may also serve recreation, economic development, stormwater management, and/or other needs. These projects may be in different stages of development such as planning, design, right-of-way, and construction and are subject to budget appropriations. The scheduled completion dates are tentative. Information about the plans and studies that guide project selection and implementation is available on the Transportation Planning webpage

Unless otherwise noted, questions can be directed to Public Works staff at 540-434-5928 or PublicWorks@HarrisonburgVa.gov

Funded Projects:

Friendly City Trail Shared Use Path - construction 2021

The Friendly City Trail shared-use path project consists of sidewalk and shared-use path (SUP) improvements along Garbers Church Road, and between Garbers Church Road and Westover Park.  The project will connect schools, parks, and residential neighborhoods, and will extend the sidewalk and SUP currently under construction as part of the new Bluestone Elementary School. Learn more.

Vine Street Sidewalk – construction in 2022

The project constructs a sidewalk on the west side of Vine Street between Washington Street and Emerson Lane. This will fill a gap between the existing sidewalk on Vine St and Washington St and the sidewalk on Emerson Ln. It will be a 5’ wide concrete sidewalk with a 2’ wide grass strip separating the sidewalk from the road. Funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Water Street Sidewalk – construction in 2022

The project constructs a sidewalk on the north side of W. Water Street between Willow Street and Dogwood Drive. This will connect the existing Water Street sidewalk to the sidewalk on Dogwood Dr that leads to Westover Park. Funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Commerce Drive Sidewalk – construction in 2022

The project constructs a sidewalk on the south/west side of Commerce Drive to fill a gap in the sidewalk between N. Main Street and the existing sidewalk at Commerce Village. It will be a 5’ wide concrete sidewalk with a 2’ wide grass strip separating the sidewalk from the road. Funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Mt. Clinton Pike Road Improvement Project - construction in 2023 

This project constructs a new segment of the Northend Greenway and improves safety on the Mt. Clinton Pike corridor from Virginia Avenue to Park Road. Learn more.

East Market Street Improvements at I-81, Exit 247 - construction in 2023

Multiple improvements are funded for the East Market Street corridor between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Burgess Rd/Linda Lane, including upgrades to the I-81 interchange (exit 247). Learn more.

Kaylor Park Drive Extension to HHS2 – construction in 2023

The project extends E. Kaylor Park Drive through the site of Harrisonburg’s second high school and connects to S. Main Street in the vicinity of Pointe Drive. The project will install a signal at the S. Main Street & E. Kaylor Park intersection and create a right-in, right-out intersection at the new connection to S. Main Street. Learn More.

Federal Street Block II – construction in 2023

The project constructs a shared-use path on Federal Street between E. Market Street and E. Water Street. It replaces the posts that currently delineate the path with more permanent features that separate the path from the vehicle lane. Learn more.

University Boulevard and Evelyn Byrd Roadway Reconfiguration and Sidewalks - construction in 2025

This project will reconfigure University Blvd (0.7 miles) and Evelyn Byrd Avenue (1.3 miles) by converting the streets from 4 lanes to 2 vehicle lanes, a center turn lane, and bike lanes to provide access management and improve safety. The project will also add sidewalks and improve bus stops to bring a multimodal focus to University Blvd and Evelyn Byrd Ave. Learn more

University Boulevard Realignment – construction in 2025

The project realigns University Blvd between the old convocation center parking lot and Forest Hill Road at the Oak Hill Drive intersection. The project replaces the existing University Blvd with a new 2-lane roadway with a shared-use path and sidewalk. The shared-use path will be constructed along Forest Hill Road and University Blvd between Port Republic Road and Carrier Drive. Learn more.

North Main Street Sidewalk – construction in 2025

The project constructs approximately 1/3 mile of sidewalk along the east side of N. Main Street between Holly Hill Drive and Vine Street, with pedestrian signals, ramps, and crosswalks installed at the intersection with Vine Street/Mt. Clinton Pike. Project funded through the VDOT SMART SCALE program.

Port Republic Road: Bluestone Drive to Crawford Avenue – construction in 2025

The project extends the eastbound left-turn lane on Port Republic Road at Bluestone Drive to provide more space for vehicles queuing at the intersection. The project constructs a sidewalk on the south side of Port Republic Rd between Hillside Avenue and Crawford Avenue and a median on this segment. Learn more.

Port Republic Road: Devon Lane to Hunters Road – construction in 2025

The project will add a traffic signal, including crosswalks with pedestrian signals, at the Port Republic Road and Bradley Drive intersection. A left-turn lane for westbound traffic on Port Republic Road will be added at this intersection, and a median will be constructed between Bradley Drive and Devon Lane. A physical change will be made at the intersection of Port Republic Road and Hunters Road to make it a right-in, right-out intersection. Learn More.

South Main Street: Mosby Road to Stone Spring Road – construction in 2025

The project will make safety improvements on S. Main Street from Stone Spring Road to just south of the Mosby Road intersection. The improvements include a median for the majority of the segment, a sidewalk along the east side of the road for the whole segment, and shelters at 3 bus stops. Learn more.

South Main Street: I-81 Exit 243 Interchange – construction in 2026

The project makes multiple improvements to S. Main Street in the vicinity of the I-81 Exit 243 interchange. The project will construct additional turn lanes, and associated changes to improve operations at this intersection, and add a sidewalk along the west side of S. Main Street between the existing sidewalk south of the interchange and the existing sidewalk north of the Pleasant Valley Road intersection. Learn more.

 

Completed Projects:

Dogwood Drive Sidewalk – completed in 2022

The project constructs a sidewalk on the west side of Dogwood Drive between the W. Market Street sidewalk and the path entrance to Westover Park. Funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Park Road Pedestrian Improvements - completed in 2021

This project enhances Park Road with aesthetic and safety features through the Eastern Mennonite University campus to create a safer and more attractive environment for pedestrians in this high pedestrian volume area. Learn more

Traffic Signal Safety Improvements - completed in 2021

This project involves safety improvements at intersections with traffic signals across the city. Two types of improvements will be completed: installation of audible pedestrian signals and upgrading traffic signals to include flashing yellow arrows. Learn more

I-81 Exit 245 Interchange - completed in 2020

This project includes the realignment of the I-81 Exit 245 northbound off-ramp to intersect Port Republic Road directly across from the Forest Hill Road intersection. Learn more.

Federal Street Shared-Use Path - completed in 2020

The project will make a 2-way local street in Downtown into a one-way street and create a shared-use path for people walking and bicycling. The improvements have been funded from Elizabeth Street to Market Street. Learn more

South Main Street Turn Lane Improvements - completed in 2020

This project includes increasing the capacity of the dual left-turn lanes on southbound South Main Street at the Port Republic Road intersection. Learn more.

Grace Street Extension - completed in 2020

The project extends Grace Street through the JMU campus to connect with Bluestone Drive. A shared-use path will be constructed along the extension, with an additional shared-use path constructed along Bluestone Drive to Carrier Drive, connecting to the existing Bluestone Trail shared use path. Learn more

Downtown Streetscape Phase III - completed in 2019

This project includes the replacement and enhancement of downtown sidewalks on the west and east sides of N. Main Street between Elizabeth Street and Wolfe Street. Stamped asphalt crosswalks and signal replacements at both intersections. Learn more.

Safe Routes to School Spotswood Elementary School - completed in 2019

Improvements along Reservoir Street include school zone signage/lights, a crosswalk with user-activated flashing beacons, and sidewalks to connect several neighborhood streets to the elementary school. Learn more.

Northend Greenway Phase I - completed in 2019

This project constructed 0.6 miles of shared-use path extending from Mt. Clinton Pike, in the Park View area, to Suter Street near downtown.  Learn more.

Reservoir Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way Intersection Improvements - completed in 2018

This project reconfigured the Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Reservoir Street intersection to improve traffic operations. Learn more.

South Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way Improvements - completed in 2017

The scope of the project included improving South Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way with the addition of turn lanes, signal reconstruction, and shared-use path per a Traffic Impact Analysis that was prepared by the City. Learn more.

Reservoir Street - completed in 2017

This project widened Reservoir Street to a five-lane facility or four-lane facility with a median from University Boulevard to east city limits. Bicycle and pedestrian facilities were added between Neff Avenue to east city limits. Learn more

Bluestone Trail Phase I and extension - completed in 2014, extension completed in 2017

Phase I of the Bluestone Trail constructed a shared-use path (for bicyclists and pedestrians) between Port Republic Road and Stone Spring Road, including a section through Purcell Park. In partnership with James Madison University, the path has been extended on the JMU campus to Carrier Drive.  Learn more.

Carlton Street and Reservoir Street Roundabout - completed in 2015

The project included the Carlton Street and Reservoir Street intersection being converted to a roundabout, as well as improvements such as a sidewalk, drainage, utility relocations, and signing/pavement markings. Learn more

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) - Stone Spring Elementary School - completed in 2015

The City was awarded a project grant from VDOT's SRTS Program for the construction of new sidewalks near Stone Spring Elementary School. Learn more

Downtown Streetscape Phase II - completed in 2014

This project included replacing the sidewalk on the west side of Main Street between Bruce and South Court Square, replacing the sidewalk on the east side of Main Street between Elizabeth Street and Wolfe Street, installing decorative stamped crosswalks at intersections, replacing existing street lighting with decorative lights, replacing and upgrading traffic signals, and installing pedestrian signals.  Learn more.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) - Waterman Elementary School - completed in 2013

The City was awarded a project grant from VDOT's SRTS Program for the construction of new sidewalks around Waterman Elementary School. Construction was completed in 2013. Learn more