Urban Developments

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

Rockingham County is turning "urban."

Thanks to a growing population, the Federal Highway Administration and V.D.O.T. say Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Dayton, and Bridgewater must form a metropolitan planning organization.

The group will design a 20-year transportation plan for the area. Roads, bike and buggy paths and mass transit projects will be included.

State and federal government will pay $90,000 a year to help with the planning. But the four localities must work together to raise an additional $10,000.

And, they really don't have a choice.

"If you don't participate in this, then you lose federal monies or funds that you would get for any highway or road project," said Harrisonburg city manager Roger Baker.

Meanwhile, local officials say you could see less road paving for the next few years. That's because of state budget cuts, along with the money being used for the metropolitan planning.
Thanks to a growing population, the Federal Highway Administration and V.D.O.T. say Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Dayton, and Bridgewater must form a metropolitan planning organization.

The group will design a 20 year transportation plan for the area. Roads, bike and buggy paths and mass transit projects will be included.

State and federal government will pay $90,000 dollars a year to help with the planning. But the four localities must work together to raise an additional $10,000 dollars.

And, they really don't have a choice.

"If you don't participate in this, then you lose federal monies or funds that you would get for any highway or road project," said Harrisonburg city manager Roger Baker.

Meanwhile, local officials say you could see less road paving for the next few years. That's because of state budget cuts, along with the money being used for the metropolitan planning.


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