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Rockingham County – Route 33 Arterial Management Plan Between City of Harrisonburg and Town of Elkton

Project at a Glance
Begin Date
September 2020

Est Completion Date
June 2021




Brad Reed, AICP


US-33 serves as the primary east-west corridor in Rockingham County, passing through several designated urban growth areas. With over 550 crashes in the 5-year period from 2015-2019 and carrying up to 26,000 vehicles per day, the ~13-mile section of US-33 between the City of Harrisonburg and the Town of Elkton has been identified by local leaders and VDOT Staunton District as a corridor in need of solutions to improve safety and maintain capacity amid anticipated growth.

The purpose of an Arterial Management Plan is to develop a holistic approach that identifies ways to maintain safe travel conditions and preserve the capacity of the Commonwealth’s arterial highway network without cost-prohibitive large-scale roadway widening and additional traffic signals. This plan will provide local leaders and VDOT with a set of short- to long-term policy and infrastructure recommendations to meet these goals by reimagining the existing corridor and its intersections, and more effectively controlling future access.

Localities involved in the study include Rockingham County, the Town of Elkton, and the City of Harrisonburg. The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (HRMPO) is also a key stakeholder. VDOT operates and maintains US 33, and has a multidisciplinary team involved in the study effort.

Learn more about VDOT's Arterial Management Plans here.

Study Documents and Resources

US 33 Arterial Management Plan Existing Conditions Meeting

US 33 Arterial Management Plan Kick-Off Meeting

US 33 Study Area

Public Input

SURVEY CURRENTLY LIVE: The public has the opportunity to provide input regarding concerns along the study corridor via an online survey available from February 15, 2021 through March 15, 2021 at

The focus of this survey is to gather opinions on travel experiences within the study area between The City of Harrisonburg and the Town of Elkton. Responses will be used to supplement a data-driven analysis of existing conditions and inform recommendations to address identified issues.

Subsequent public input opportunities are planned for the future after draft study recommendations have been developed.

Study Timeline

  • A study kickoff meeting was held with localities, VDOT, and the HRMPO in September 2020
  • Traffic and crash data collection and field investigation was performed November-December 2020. Traffic data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic was adjusted based on reference data from before the pandemic.
  • An online public survey will be available from February 15, 2021 through March 15, 2021.
  • Next steps: the study team will a develop a forecast of future traffic conditions and identify potential solutions to issues defined through the existing conditions analysis and survey.
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