Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
June 28, 2012
DISTRICT RECEIVES NEARLY $2 MILLION IN ENHANCEMENT ALLOCATIONS
Five projects include streetscape improvements, sidewalks and bike share program
RICHMOND — Five transportation enhancement projects across the Culpeper District were funded in the 2013-2018 update to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Six-Year Improvement Program, approved last week by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
The town of Gordonsville received $593,000 for its streetscape improvement project. The work includes construction of sidewalks and crosswalks, improving lighting for pedestrians and installing landscaping along the Main Street corridor from King Street to Cobb Street. The project’s total cost is $2,938,346.
Two projects in Fauquier County were included in the grant awards. The town of Marshall’s Business and Residents Association received $450,000 for its streetscape project. The town plans to build sidewalks, install landscaping, improve lighting and bury overhead utilities along Main Street. Total cost for the project is $5,579,696.
Also in Fauquier County, the county’s Parks and Recreation Department received $277,000 toward construction of a multi-use trail between Pierce Elementary School and residential areas in the town of Remington. The hard-surface trail, which will be used by walkers and bicyclists, is estimated to cost $346,500.
The University of Virginia received $345,811 toward the creation of a bike share program at the university. The program, called UBikes, is intended to provide bicycles for members of the UVa community to use while on Grounds. The total project cost is projected to be $699,000 and is planned for implementation in 2013.
The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission received a $300,000 grant for a project to improve the pedestrian and bicycle facilities at the intersection of Jefferson Park Avenue and Emmet Street in Charlottesville. The construction will include new sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks; the project’s total cost is $375,000.
The Transportation Enhancement Program began in 1991 when the federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act required each state to set aside 10 percent of its Surface Transportation Act funds for transportation enhancement projects. The program encourages creative projects that integrate transportation into communities.
The federally funded projects must fall within one of 12 designated activities and meet criteria that include improving non-motorized transportation, enhancing the public’s traveling experience, revitalizing communities and improving the quality of life. Enhancement funds cannot be used for highway improvements or traditional transportation projects.
The Federal Highway Administration’s web site has more information about the Transportation Enhancement Program. The Virginia Department of Transportation’s web site also has information about this year’s grants and the Transportation Enhancement Program in Virginia.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.