BIG NEWS for the greenway! After last falls $600,000 allocation for the Northend Greenway from the City of Harrisonburg, the City has just received another $600,000 for the project as part of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s revenue sharing program. This enormous addition of funds allows us to start implementing Phase I of the NeG. We cannot contain our excitement– the Northend Greenway project has received $1.2 million. Read more below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20th, 2013
CONTACT: Tom Benevento, Northend Greenway
HARRISONBURG, VA – On June 20, the Virginia Department of Transportation awarded $600,000 in matching funds through its revenue sharing program to the City of Harrisonburg to implement Phase I of the Northend Greenway. The money matches $600,000 from the City of Harrisonburg. City Council voted to award the funds last October out of a general fund surplus, but has held them due to VDOT requirements that the matching money be available and ready when it gives out the grants.
The money will be released on July 1, allowing the Northend Greenway to move forward with permits and final engineering. City planners and Northend Greenway advocates anticipate groundbreaking for the project by late 2014. The path could be ready for bikes and feet of all sizes as early as 2015.
“This gives us the funding to get the engineering done and path on the ground,” Northend Greenway Steering Committee member Tom Benevento said. “This greenway will transform Harrisonburg in really positive ways. It will be a transportation system that’s non-polluting, safe, and engaging to the surrounding community.”
The project will not only benefit pedestrians and cyclists in the area, but also local businesses; studies have shown that bicycle paths increase the value of homes close to the paths and make them easier to sell. Research also indicates that while homeowners are often concerned about an increase in crime, paths tend to reduce criminal activity through regular care and maintenance of the landscape and attracting people using the paths for recreation and transportation.
On Tuesday June 25 Harrisonburg City staff will present a timeline and budget for the proposed alignment of the Northend Greenway to the City Council. The meeting is open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend.
The Northend Greenway will be a path connecting people and the places they want to go, a strategically located linear park, and a prototype of a high-caliber multi-modal transportation network for Harrisonburg.
The Greenway’s vision is to be “an attractive and safe bicycle and pedestrian path connecting neighborhoods, schools and businesses with the downtown district through public green space, easily accessible to all residents, particularly children, families, and seniors.”
More information is available at: northendgreenway.org