Route 5 Bikeway Feasibility Study
Route 5 Bikeway Preferred Concept Alternative
The Virginia Department of Transportation has studied the feasibility of building a multi-purpose transportation facility along Route 5 that would accommodate bicyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorized users. After the technical screening of a range of potential alternatives and input from the public, a consensus was reached on conceptual Alternative 3 – a "combination" of on-road and off-road facilities. This concept alternative includes a shoulder bikeway design from the Richmond City limits to Long Bridge Road in Henrico County and a separate 10-foot path adjacent to Route 5 through the remaining project length. Based on safety concerns expressed by the public, this alternative also will include a minor widening of narrow section of Route 5 from Long Bridge Road to the Chickahominy River. The facility will cross the Chickahominy River on a new bridge for which a separate feasibility study is underway. In James City County, a preferred location for the concept alternative between Route 5 and Jamestown along the Greensprings Road corridor (Route 614) has not been identified. Based on input from local residents, several options along or in the vicinity of Greensprings Road were developed and evaluated in a preliminary manner and will be evaluated in detail during the next phase of project development. From Jamestown, the facility will utilize the Colonial Parkway to enter the City of Williamsburg.