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Next Steps for the Northend Greenway

Posted by Deb Fitzgerald on September 2, 2014

Big projects like the Northend Greenway are intricate and complex processes, and some interesting and important things are happening around the path plan over the next few weeks.

So it’s time for an update.

Most of us remember that, in 2013, the City was awarded $600,000 in VDOT Revenue Sharing funds (which included a city match of an additional $600,000 for a total of $1.2 million) for the Northend Greenway.

In August 2013, the City requested a scope and cost projection for the NeG from the City’s on-call consultants McCormick Taylor. This project was not authorized to go further, in part because the very next month, the City was approached by a company interested in constructing the Greenway as a PPEA project (PPEA is the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act.)  The NeG Steering Committee encouraged the City to consider this approach.

On April 17 of this year, the City received the PPEA proposal and began the review process.  On August 12, though, City Council rejected the proposal because the proposal:

  •    exceeded the scope of work anticipated by Council;
  •    exceeded the amount of available funding for the project;
    and;
  •    included no viable alternatives to overcome the exceeding of available funding.

To see and hear the discussion that led to this decision, go to  item 7.a here .  Council decided to request input about the next best step from the Bike and Pedestrian Subcommittee, with directions to bring back a recommendation to Council by the October 28th meeting.

The Bike/Ped committee is holding a special meeting this week to consider a variety of options associated with this next step; to see the agenda for this meeting, go here.

Over the last couple of weeks, members of the NeG, SVBC and others have been in conversation about the cost/benefits of various alternatives, and will come to the table for discussion of the merits of each with the Bike/Ped subcommittee on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 6PM in Council Chambers.   The subcommittee is expected to vote to send on to Council a specific recommendation during the subcommittee’s regularly scheduled Monday, Sept. 22 meeting.  All meetings of the Harrisonburg Bike/Ped subcommittee are open to the public.

We’ll be sending out an update about this conversation after Thursday’s meeting, so stay tuned for details.

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