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VDOT - Local Programs Workshop 2018  - September 18-20, 2018 - The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center- Roanoke, Virginia
VDOT - Local Programs Workshop 2018  - September 18-20, 2018 - The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center- Roanoke, Virginia

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Mobile Workshops

Date: Tuesday, September 18
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Cost: $10

1. Tour by Bicycle of Greenways and Bike Routes in the City of Roanoke

This will be a 12-mile loop bicycle ride on greenways and marked bike routes, touring the Roanoke River Greenway, Tinker Creek Greenway, Glade Creek Greenway, downtown, and several neighborhoods. The tour will highlight the use of multiple funding sources and the features earning Roanoke a Bicycle Friendly bronze rating. Rental bicycles will be provided, or participants can bring their own bikes. Tour stops will include parks and brownfields, bicycle parking facilities, the Martin Luther King Bridge overlooking the Amtrak Station, and economic development in the greenway corridor. A highlight will be the 660' greenway bridge across the Roanoke River. This is similar to the 2016 mobile workshop, back by popular demand.

2. Roanoke River Greenway at Aerial Way

This tour will begin with a van ride to the newest section of Roanoke River Greenway, about seven miles from Hotel Roanoke. This is a tour of two sections of this major Greenway, one built with federal funds and the other under construction with locality funds. The tour will include crossing a new bridge across Roanoke River to the Norfolk Southern materials yard. Discussion will include dealing with the railroad, inspections, change orders, funding, and right-of-way acquisition. The other section will include further discussion of the use of local forces, advantages and disadvantages. Wear walking shoes.

3. Bus Tour of projects of interest in the Roanoke Valley

This tour will highlight a variety of transportation projects around the Valley, including the following site visits:

  • Virginian Railway Station - rehabilitation and reuse of a former passenger rail station from 1909,
  • Franklin Road Bridge replacement - within approximately 900-ft of travel distance, this bridge spans the Norfolk Southern Railway tracks and then goes under US 220. The new structure will carry 3 lanes of traffic and have sidewalks and bike lanes in each direction,
  • Colonial Avenue Corridor improvements - project includes pedestrian and bicycle accommodations and 3 roundabouts to facilitate development and safety in harmony with a higher education campus,
  • I-81 Exit 140 Park & Ride lot expansion - doubled capacity of existing lot, primarily with inclusion of pervious pavement, and includes pedestrian amenities to connect to adjoining transportation network.

Fund types utilized on the projects to be visited include HSIP, RSTP, Transportation Alternatives, Revenue Sharing, Research Council, and SMART SCALE. You are encouraged to wear walking shoes for short stops at each site.

4. Lick Run Greenway Tour

This 8-mile roundtrip bicycle ride will start at Hotel Roanoke, go to Valley View mall, use a volunteer-built bridge to access a neighborhood, and return via on-road bike lanes along Shenandoah Avenue. The greenway provides access to the civic center, several parks, schools, hotels, and neighborhoods. Highlights include a bike/ped bridge over the interstate, a new separated grade crossing of 10th Street, long views of the railroad yard, Zagstar station at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, and a stop at the new Amtrak Station. Rental bicycles will be provided or you can bring your own.

5. Smart Road and Southgate Road Diverging Diamond

This tour will travel to Blacksburg to visit the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) facilities including the Smart Road, as well as its urban test track and planned rural test track in Ellet Valley. The tour will also travel through the recently completed Southgate Drive diverging diamond interchange and roundabouts at the entrance to Virginia Tech.

The Smart Road is a unique, state-of-the-art, full-scale, closed test-bed research facility managed by VTTI and owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Transportation scientists and product developers have spent more than 20,000 hours conducting research on this high-tech highway since its opening.

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