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1 The Virginia Capital Trail
Jimmy Carr Assistant Secretary of Transportation

2 Project History 1957 Completion of Colonial Parkway to Jamestown
Route 5 Scenic Byway Designation “Capital to Capital Bikeway” Feasibility Study Preliminary Engineering begins for Eastern Section phases of the Virginia Capital Trail Establishment of Virginia Capital Trail Foundation Construction of James City phases underway East Coast Greenway Corridor Designation Construction of Charles City phase underway Henrico County Location Study

3 Project Objectives Tourism Recreation Sustainable Economic Development
Historic Preservation Alternative Transportation Private/Local Partnerships

4 Project Corridor From the Canal Walk in the heart of Richmond’s modern waterfront, to the Governor’s mansion in Colonial Williamsburg, the trail will traverse a unique landscape with unrivaled historic and cultural value.


6 The Project

7 The Project

8 Project Advancement Phased Development
Complex (most expensive) /pressured phases to receive priority Local, Private, Inter-Agency Partnerships Use of designated funding sources Context-Sensitive Design Use of Existing Right-of-Way (when possible)

9 Greensprings Phase 3-mile segment connecting Jamestown Island, Colonial Parkway and Route 5 Trailhead at Jamestown High School 40-Acre Wildlife Preserve Acquisition $3M total cost – 30% private/local funds Under Construction

10 Chickahominy Riverfront Phase
5-mile/$5M phase ROW acquisitions drive cost (~40%) Trail over new Chickahominy bridge Local funding for park acquisition and construction, 10% trail construction Under Construction

11 Charles City Courthouse Phase
8-mile / $4M phase Use of existing ROW Link to VCU Rice Center Historic Clerk’s Office renovated for Visitors Center with restroom facilities Construction to begin summer 2006

12 Four-Mile Creek Trailhead
Trailhead and interpretive site at Henrico County Park Parking and restroom facilities Locally-managed project Under Construction

13 Richmond Riverfront Phase

14 Richmond Riverfront Phase
Existing Canal Walk to serve as Richmond terminus of the Virginia Capital Trail Connection with James River amenities and growing residential area

15 Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
Not-for-profit foundation to work in partnership with public sector Independent Board of Directors / staff Community liaison Private fundraising / right-of-way donation

16 Next Steps Richmond Riverfront Phase public involvement process
Henrico County stakeholder outreach Formalize partnership with VCTF Prioritize/advance additional phases

17 Advancement Timeline Jamestown 2007 Rising expense
Closing window of opportunity

18 The Virginia Capital Trail
Jimmy Carr Assistant Secretary of Transportation

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