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VDOT, DRPT asking for public input on recreational rail trail project

The rail trail would be 48.5 miles of a multi-use trail on an out-of-service Norfolk Southern...
The rail trail would be 48.5 miles of a multi-use trail on an out-of-service Norfolk Southern line in the counties of Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren. (Source: WALB)
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 4:03 PM EDT
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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) are partnering with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to determine the feasibility of converting an inactive railroad segment into a recreational rail trail, according to a press release from VDOT.

“At square one we really want to hear from the public about whether this is going to be an asset to the community and if so how they might be willing to support it,” Ken Slack with the VDOT Staunton District, explained.

The rail trail would be 48.5 miles of a multi-use trail on an out-of-service Norfolk Southern line in the counties of Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren.

The organizations are asking for the public’s input on the project. The online survey is open now through June 25, and is available here.

“We know that the number on reason people don’t bike is because they don’t feel safe on the current roads particularly with cars. Creating a safe separated space for people to bike and walk is the number one priority of the coalition, so people can use bicycle for recreation but also for transportation,” Kyle Lawrence with the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, said.

Along with the community survey there is a feasibility survey to evaluate the infrastructure, locations on the trail and roadway crossings. Results from both surveys will be presented to state legislatures later this year.

For more information on the project, click here.

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