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


University Blvd and Evelyn Byrd Roadway Reconfiguration and Sidewalks - construction in 2027

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

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.

Federal Street Shared Use Path - construction 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

Traffic Signal Safety Improvements - construction in 2020

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 - construction scheduled for 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.

Garbers Church Road Shared Use Path - construction scheduled for 2020

The Garbers Church Road 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.

Cale Trail Portion of the Garbers Church Road Shared Use Path - construction scheduled for 2020

This project will connect Thomas Harrison Middle School to Westover Park by a 2,100 linear foot shared use path. The Cale Trail will also connect Bluestone Elementary and Harrisonburg High School via the larger Garbers Church Shared Use Path project. Learn more.

Grace Street Extension - construction 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 additional shared use path constructed along Bluestone Drive to Carrier Drive, connecting to the existing Bluestone Trail shared use path. Learn more

Mt. Clinton Pike Road Improvement Project On hold, City seeking additional funding 

This project includes the design and construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Mt. Clinton Pike, Park Road, and Chicago Avenue, and also a road improvement project between the new roundabout to the intersection of Mt. Clinton Pike and Virginia Avenue. A shared use path (extension of the Northend Greenway) will also be included as part of this project. Learn more.

Park Road Pedestrian Improvements - construction in 2019

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

South Main Street Turn Lane Improvements - construction in 2019

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.

Downtown Streetscape Phase III - construction in 2019

This project includes 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 sidewalk on the west side of Main Street between Bruce and South Court Square, replacing 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