Stone Spring Road Extension

Brent Finnegan -- August 28th, 2006

Travelling north-south across Harrisonburg is fairly easy. You have the option of taking 42, 11, or 81. East-west across town, not so much. Especially in the southern half of the city.

City planners are holding a public hearing this Thursday (the 31st) to explain their plan to build a new four-to-five-lane road across town. The plan is to connect Stone Spring Road (starting east of the city at Peach Grove Ave) ending at Ericson Ave west of the city limits. Here’s a PDF map. This is another part of the “2015 transportation plan.” According to the city, “In 2004, Erickson Avenue served approximately 7,600 vehicles per day and Stone Spring Road served approximately 9,700 vehicles per day. The projected traffic volume in the year 2027 for the completed facility will be approximately 13,200 vehicles per day.”

The sense I got at the council meetings is that the project planning is taking longer than expected, and the council wasn’t thrilled about the $54.8 mil pricetag for the project. But some of that cost will be paid for with federal and state funds, and since VDOT will be widening the Stone Spring overpass on the interstate, they may pave a small portion of the road near 81.

The hearing is being held Thursday at Keister Elementary School from 4:30 to 7:30 to explain the plan, and feild comments and concerns from city residents.

-finnegan

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