WOODSTOCK – Members of the Woodstock Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail Planning Committee have received a funding update for the first phase of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail project that would connect the area around Fairview and W.O. Riley parks to the historic downtown.

In a presentation on the project Tuesday, Lemuel Hancock, urban designer and neighborhood planner,  discussed submitted grant applications as well as priorities of the first phase of the plan.

He explained the town received a grant from the Virginia Department of Forestry through the Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program for Surveying Services for the project's first phase.

The detailed cost estimate for this phase is $1,133,296. The town is seeking state and federal transportation grants to fund or partially fund the project, Hancock said.

The committee at the Tuesday night meeting supported two Virginia Department of Transportation grant applications and authorized administrators to write up a resolution of support.

The Transportation Alternatives grant program is an 80/20 federal match and the estimate on this version of the first phase of the project is $444,255, with the town's obligation estimated at $88,851. This version shows a shared-use path from West North Street to West Spring Street  with a trail connecting Summit and Locust.

A shared-use path is a path that is separate from vehicles for cyclists and pedestrians, skaters, wheelchair users and others to use.

The town has to submit the resolution of support to VDOT for this project by Jan. 7.

A second grant expands the project work in the first phase. It estimates a cost of $689,041, with the town responsible for 50% or $344,520.

This version includes a path or trail connecting Summit and Park avenues with West North Street and pedestrian improvement along Court Street to Water Street.

The town approved the Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail Master Plan in June.

The master plan for the Woodstock trails, if built as designed (subject to financing), provides 12.45 miles of paths and trails connecting Woodstock residents and visitors to neighborhood parks, schools, and the historic downtown without having to get in a car. It is made up of a combination of existing sidewalks, proposed sidewalks, proposed bicycle boulevards, proposed shared-use paths, proposed sidepaths, and proposed bike lanes with sidewalks, according to the plan. Sidepaths are similar to a shared-use path but run next to roads.

The plan creates paths circling the town from Water Street to Hisey Avenue with paths connecting through the center of town providing access to historic downtown. The plan also shows connections that extend from downtown to Riverview Park and access to Seven Bends State Park.

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