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.

Unless otherwise noted, questions can be directed to Public Works staff at 540-434-5928 or

South Main Street Turn Lane Improvements - 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.

I-81 Exit 245 Interchange - 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.

Downtown Streetscape Phase III - 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.

Mt. Clinton Pike Road Improvement Project - 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. Design is currently underway. Learn more.

Erickson Avenue/Stone Spring Road Phase IV - Major east-west connector with a mix of four and five lane facilities with bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Learn more.

Garbers Church Road Shared Use Path - 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.

Northend Greenway Phase I - This project will construct 0.6-miles of 2.5-miles of total shared use path extending from Park View area to downtown. Learn more.

Safe Routes to School Spotswood Elementary School - Improvements are planned along Reservoir Street that include adding school zone signage/lights, a crosswalk with user activated flashing beacons, and sidewalks to connect several neighborhood streets to the elementary school.  Right-of-way acquisition began in Fall of 2017.  Construction is expected in summer 2018. Learn more.

Reservoir Street/ Martin Luther King, Jr. Way Improvements - This project will reconfigure the Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Reservoir Street intersection to improve traffic operations. Learn more.


Completed Projects Highlights:

Reservoir Street - 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 - In partnership with James Madison University, design and construct a new shared use path (for bicyclists and pedestrians) on JMU campus from Sonner Hall to Carrier Drive. Learn more.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Update - 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. The updated Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan was approved by the Planning Commission in March of 2017 and by City Council in April 2017. Learn more.

Carlton Street Improvements (Roundabout) - Located at the intersection of Carlton Street and Reservoir Street and extends approximately 300 feet in each direction. The project consists primarily of the intersection being converted in to a roundabout but also incorporates improvements such as sidewalk, drainage, utility relocations, and signing/pavement markings. Construction was completed in Fall 2015. Learn more

Chicago Avenue Corridor Study - 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. The study was completed in 2013. Learn more.

Downtown Streetscape Phase II - This project includes 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, replace and upgrade traffic signals, and install pedestrian signals. This project construction started and was completed in 2014. Learn more.

Downtown Streetscape Plan, Update - The goal of this update is to present a unified vision of the downtown area that synthesizes all pertinent past and working documents, as well as stakeholder visions, into a single plan. Learn more.

East Market Street Sidewalk - New sidewalks were constructed on south side of East Market Street from Carlton Street to 400' north of Hawkins Street. Funded through VDOT's Highways Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). Project is currently under design. Construction was completed in 2014.

Erickson Avenue/Stone Spring Road Phase III - Major east-west connector with a mix of four and five lane facilities with bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Learn more.

East Gay Street Sidewalks - Sidewalks constructed on the northside of East Gay Street from Sterling Street to Summit Street. Project was funded by Community Development Block Grant funds and completed in 2013.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) - Stone Spring Elementary School - The City was awarded a project grant from VDOT's SRTS Program for the construction of new sidewalks near Stone Spring Elementary School. This project was completed in 2015. Learn more

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) - Waterman Elementary School - 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



Future Projects

Comprehensive Plan 

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Annual Capital Improvement Program