Springfield Road (Route 157), Henrico
|Preliminary study for safety and congestion improvements|
Project at a Glance
$2 million for preliminary design and environmental evaluation
Lengths and Limits
Springfield Road between Nuckols Road and Staples Mill Road
Jason Zhang, project manager
VDOT held a public information meeting at Glen Allen High School on January 29, 2013 to share draft findings from a year-long process to determine whether cost-effective improvements can be made to the existing two-mile stretch of Springfield Road (Route 157) between Nuckols Road and Staples Mill Road in Henrico County. The study analyzed safety and mobility of the existing corridor for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, and also evaluated the possibility of constructing a new Springfield Road within the dedicated right of way between the Winterberry and Kings Forest neighborhoods. Public comments were received through February 8, 2013.
What happens now?
The study team is in the process of reviewing and summarizing the verbal and written comments from the public meeting. VDOT will finalize the study and consult with Henrico County. The department expects to either recommend a design alternative to pursue or adopt no improvements at this time. VDOT has allocated $2 million for Springfield Road planning and design; however, funds have not been allocated for right of way acquisition and construction. It is anticipated VDOT will seek federal funding for construction based on the likely safety benefits.
VDOT will hold additional public meetings regarding any costs or community impacts for this project once a preliminary roadway design is developed.
Springfield Road was originally conceived in the mid 70s as a four lane roadway. The relocation of this roadway was first shown on Henrico County’s Land Use Plan in 1974 and has been reaffirmed with each Comprehensive Plan update. Springfield Road is listed as a major collector on Henrico County’s Major Thoroughfare Plan and VDOT classifies the road as an urban collector.
In anticipation of this roadway being constructed, Henrico County requested dedicated right of way from adjacent developments to establish a 100 foot wide corridor. The reserved corridor is 100 feet wide in order to accommodate up to a four lane divided roadway with bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
Henrico County planned every development adjacent to this corridor with the future Springfield Road in mind. New subdivisions dedicated right of way for the relocation so that no subdivision would be divided and to minimize construction activities on existing properties in the future.