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City of Lexington and Rockbridge County - Route 60 Corridor Study

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
March 2012

Est Completion Date
Summer 2015

Lexington and Rockbridge


Terry R. Short, Jr.

Overview of Study

The Route 60 Corridor is a northwest-southeast oriented gateway connecting the City of Lexington with Rockbridge County. The primary goal of this corridor study will be to establish Route 60 as a vibrant gateway corridor for both the City of Lexington and Rockbridge County with a focus on enhancing transportation mobility, improving public safety, improving the overall appearance of the corridor and coordinating multimodal transportation options.

The study will evaluate existing and future transportation conditions along the corridor from the intersection of East Nelson Street (Route 60) and Spotswood Drive within the City of Lexington to the intersection of East Midland Trail (Route 60) and Quarry Lane within Rockbridge County.  Context Sensitive Solution (CSS) methodologies will be employed to identify the unique characteristics of the study corridor. These characteristics and the transportation needs of the stakeholders along the corridor will be used to develop future improvement alternatives that fit the physical setting of the corridor.

Purpose and Need

  • Evaluate the transportation system along the Route 60 Corridor from the intersection of East Nelson Street and Spotswood Drive to the intersection of East Midland Trail and Quarry Lane.  Recommend a set of transportation improvements that can best satisfy existing and future transportation needs through the year 2035. The study will identify needs for all modes of transportation based upon capacity, safety and functional requirements including the effectiveness and efficiency of the overall transportation system.
  • Determine major issues, challenges and needs associated with the transportation infrastructure along the Route 60 Corridor.
  • Develop strategies and recommend improvements addressing current and future transportation demands.
  • Recommend strategic short term and long term transportation improvement projects that will be prioritized and phased over time relative to available funding.

Scope of Work

The tangible result of the Route 60 Corridor Study will be a technical document the City of Lexington and Rockbridge County can incorporate into their respective Comprehensive Plans.

What’s Next

Rockbridge County and the City of Lexington will host a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2016, at Lylburn Downing Middle School, 302 Diamond Street, Lexington. Planning staff from the VDOT Staunton District will present the findings and recommendations of the final Route 60 Corridor Study between the intersection of Spotswood Drive and East Nelson Street in the City of Lexington, and the intersection of Quarry Lane and East Midland Trail in Rockbridge County, for consideration of adoption by the County Board of Supervisors and City Council.

A PDF version of the final Route 60 Corridor Study can be found here.

A Public Participation Meeting to present the findings and recommendations of the corridor study for public review and comment was held on April 30, 2015 at the Rockbridge County Extension Office in the City of Lexington.  Following the meeting, study comments and concerns were reviewed and discussed with VDOT, City of Lexington, and Rockbridge County staff.  The study was revised accordingly to address comments that were determined to merit reevaluation and adjustment to the corridor recommendations.  The final version of the Route 60 Corridor Study was completed in December 2015 and submitted to the City and County for consideration of adoption and integration into the locality comprehensive plans.

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