Capital Trail – Varina Section

31 May

Your input is requested next week at a public meeting next Wednesday, June 6 about plans for the Varina (Henrico) section of the Capital Trail.  Click here for VDOT’s page on the Varina section, where you can see a detailed map, get FAQs answered, etc.  Links for the VDOT Capital Trail page and the Capital Trail Foundation are here and here.

As I’ve mentioned in a couple of previous posts, Henrico County planners originally wanted to make this section of the trail a widened shoulder on Route 5 instead of a separated path (which it is or will be in every other section).  My understanding is that VDOT fortunately went ahead and designed a separated path; the kind of people who use this kind of path would probably not find a widened shoulder very appealing.  My guess is that Henrico is still balking and probably not helping things along much, so it’s important for us to express support for the VDOT design.  According to VDOT, construction will begin summer 2013 and end by the following summer.

The goal is to have the entire trail finished by 2014, just in time for the thousands of bike-crazy visitors we’ll have for the 2015 World Cycling Championships in Richmond.  I know a lot of people, including myself, who are really looking forward to the trail’s completion and see it as a very positive addition to the cycling infrastructure in the area.

The public meeting on the Varina phase is Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School (6901 Messer Road, Henrico, VA 23231).

If you can’t make the meeting, consider going to the VDOT contact link and email the project manager to let him know you support a separated path.

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One Response to “Capital Trail – Varina Section”

  1. Garth June 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM #

    Thanks for the heads up. Can’t make the meeting but I have sent an e-mail.

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