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Fall Line Trail

Project Status: Study


Magisterial District:   Fairfield  


History

The Fall Line Trail is a regional multi-use trail that has had an evolutionary nature. Though taking on several names throughout the history of its development, this trail will serve the Richmond region in many capacities. One of the first pieces in materializing the Fall Line Trail was the construction of the first phase of the Trolley Line Trail in the Town of Ashland in 2018. A second phase of this trail was completed in the Fall of 2020, extending the trail to the southern town limits. In the planning discussions for the Ashland Trolley Line Trail, the idea for an expansion of the Trolley Line Trail into a multi-jurisdictional trail came to fruition. This idea also became a connection point for the East Coast Greenway which spans from Maine to Florida.

 

 

Over time, the concept of constructing a multi-use trail that will span seven localities was established and referred to as the Ashland to Petersburg Trail. The trail is proposed to pass through urban, rural and suburban terrain making it unique compared to previously built trails. VDOT initiated the Ashland to Petersburg Trail Study to identify a preferred corridor for a multi-use trail. Once completed, the paved, multi-use trail will span approximately 43 miles between Ashland and Petersburg, including  a portion of northern Henrico County in the Fairfield and Brookland Magisterial Districts.. After the establishment of the trail alignment, the trail was announced by Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam as the Fall Line Trail on October 21, 2020. 

 

 

Henrico County Segment 

The Henrico County segment is planned to be 7.5 miles long and to be constructed in 8 phases. The County’s trail segment will span from Bryan Park Avenue to Chickahominy River at the boundary line between Henrico County and Hanover County. Henrico County is striving to have it’s segment of the Fall Line Trail to be constructed within 4-5 years.

 

 

Public Involvement 

Public engagement is a crucial part of the Fall Line Trail Planning process. Henrico County and VDOT have held public information meetings related to the trail so far

VDOT held its public meetings on March 26, 2019, September 30, 2019, and October 1, 2019 to offer an opportunity for the public to provide input to VDOT on active transportation needs and the preferred trail corridor.

On Thursday, September 19, 2019 the Henrico County Department of Public Works held a Public Information Meeting to discuss the Lakeside Community Trail with County residents. Additional Public Information Meetings will be held in the future for the remaining phases of the Fall Line Trail. Dates and times for the meetings will be listed on the County’s website and social media pages

 

 

Fall Line Trail Walk – June 12, 2021

Bike Walk RVA coordinated a hike along the Fall Line Trail’s future alignment on June 12, 2021 with elected officials and staff from jurisdictions along the trail’s proposed alignment. See pictures below from the hike. 
 

 

Henrico Sections- Status and Schedule

Phase

Project Limits

Status and Schedule 

Section 1: Park Street

Bryan Park Ave to Spring Park

  • Survey work underway
  • Design scheduled to begin in March 2021
  • Awarded $533,900 in VDOT Revenue Share funding for construction in Fiscal Year 2025. 

Section 2: Lakeside Community Trail Phase I

Spring Park to Dumbarton Rd

  • Design currently underway
  • Advertisement for construction is anticipated in January 2023
  • Construction is anticipated to begin in April 2023
  • Construction completion is estimated in December 2023
  • Awarded $1.824 million in Federal Transportation Alternative Grant funding for construction

Section 3: Lakeside Community Trail Phase II

Dumbarton Rd to Lakeside Recreation Area

  • Design currently underway
  • Advertisement for construction is anticipated in December 2022
  • Construction is anticipated to begin in March 2023
  • Construction completion is estimated in December 2023
  • Awarded $2.971 million in Federal Transportation Alternative Grant funding for construction

Section 4: Lakeside Community Trail Phase III

Lakeside Recreation Area to Hilliard Road

  • Design currently underway
  • Preliminary Engineering has begun

Section 5: Hilliard Road/Brook Road

Hilliard Road to Lakeside Avenue

  • Survey work is complete
  • Design anticipated to begin in October 2021
  • Awarded Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program funding for construction in Fiscal Year 2024

Section 6: Villa Park

Lakeside Avenue to Parham Road

  • Survey work underway
  • Design anticipated to begin in January 2022

Section 7: Longdale

Parham Rd to Woodman Rd Extended

  • Survey anticipated to begin in October 2021
  • Design anticipated to begin in October 2021

Section 8: Chickahominy River Crossing

Woodman Rd Extended to Cedar Ln (Hanover)

  • Design schedule dependent on pending funding

Contact Us

Ashley Austin
(804) 501-5461
aus021@henrico.us


Public Works

Henrico Department of Public Works
4305 E. Parham Rd.
Henrico, VA 23228

Phone
(804) 501-4393

DPW@henrico.us

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

 
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