Match Play: VDOT Funds Local Projects

Posted: June 22, 2013

HARRISONBURG — The Commonwealth Transportation Board approved about $2.3 million of the $3 million in matching funds Harrisonburg and Rockingham County requested on four projects this week.
 
Among the requests that received an OK from the state is the full $450,000 for the Bluestone Trail, a proposed path between Ramblewood Park and James Madison University’s entrance at Port Republic Road.
 
City planners hope to start construction by next summer on the first phase of the Bluestone Trail, which will go from JMU’s entrance to the intersection of Stone Spring and Beery roads. While that phase should be completed in 2015, a timeline for the rest of the project hasn’t been set.
 
That funding was in addition to the $600,000 the state awarded to the Northend Greenway, a path that will connect Park View to downtown and, organizers hope, eventually link to the Bluestone Trail.
 
City Council will hear an update on both projects at its meeting Tuesday.
 
Harrisonburg also received $278,000 of the $900,000 it had requested for street paving.
 
In the county, the full $1 million requested for the southeast connector highway between Reservoir Street in Harrisonburg and U.S. 33 was granted.
 
All the funding is for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. Harrisonburg and Rockingham County committed funds to each of the projects, contingent on receiving a state match.
 
Contact Preston Knight at 574-6272 or pknight@dnronline.com


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