Christiansburg applies for V-DOT support to build more sidewalks and trails

Published: Nov. 21, 2017 at 9:38 PM EST
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Among the street projects going on in one hometown, the local government is looking to create new travel opportunities for people who don't, or can't, drive.

Tuesday night the plans were unveiled to the public.

Christiansburg submitted their four different projects to V-DOT to get Alternative Transportation funding. While the designs are considered, the Town wants to let people know what could be coming for walkers, runners, and bicyclists.

As all the plans were on display Tuesday night, Town employees were explaining what they meant to residents.

Paula Moore lives on East Main Street across from where a sidewalk would be replaced and extended.

She said, "My husband and I do walk Downtown quite a bit in the Summer, when the weather's nice. And the trail that's there now is not worthy of being called a sidewalk. We see a lot of people walking in the street because of that, so we're really glad to see sidewalks going in."

Along with that plan, the Town wants to extend the Huckleberry Trail passed where recent designs have it going and build the only parking lot for Trail users in the town.

It will also add more sidewalks along North Franklin Street near Downtown and add crosswalks around the intersection with Depot Street.

And sidewalks will go in under the 460 overpass creating walking access to shops and restaurants on both sides.

Wayne Nelson is the Engineering Director for Christiansburg.

He explained, "Just like the universe is expanding, we need to expand, and I think it tells visitors to town, the people that come to our Aquatic Center or recreation center that this is important to the Town of Christiansburg."

But first V-DOT must choose to fund 80% of the combined $2,782,194.

"We locally administer our projects, we apply for funds, and if awarded we will manage the project and construct it under their guidelines," Nelson said.

Nelson explained Town Council will vote November 28 to provide the 20% funding, as long as V-DOT chooses them.

That decision is expected to come around May.

Along with sidewalks though will be crossing signals at the crosswalks to make it safe.

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