Strasburg Gateway Trail Project awaits VDOT OK

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

STRASBURG — Strasburg is almost ready to take the next step in completing its Gateway Trail Project by next year.

The town is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation to extend sidewalks and build new multi-use walking paths along a half-mile of U.S. 11. The paved, four-foot-wide trails would connect the downtown area to Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park.

Town Manager Ryan Spitzer said the project’s design is 95 percent complete. Assistant Town Manager Jay McKinley said the town will send a Request For Proposals to area contractors once the design is finished and approved by VDOT.

“We hope by spring we’ll put it out to bid,” he said.

McKinley said the new sidewalks and trails would protect downtown residents who walk to the Hupp’s Hill battlefield or the Food Lion shopping center on U.S. 11.

“The primary reason we’re doing this is pedestrian safety,” he said.

McKinley said the project could be completed by fall 2017, adding that the trails’ construction should take about six months once a contractor is hired.

He also said the total cost is estimated at $1 million and that the town hasn’t decided where the funds would come from in its budget.

Line+Grade, a Charlottesville civil engineering firm, is designing the project, according to Strasburg’s website.

The town began preliminary work on the project in 2013, when it hired Luray-based Racey Engineering to conduct an existing condition survey of the area, McKinley said.

According to the 2012 Strasburg Community Plan, the town needs more sidewalks and walking trails to “serve new development, increase connectivity between neighborhoods and maintain the livability and success of downtown Strasburg.”

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