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City of Lexington and Rockbridge County - Route 60 Corridor Study

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
March 2012

Est Completion Date
September 2012

Locality
Lexington and Rockbridge

District
Staunton

Contact
Terry R. Short, Jr.
540-332-9057

Overview of Study

The Route 60 Corridor is a northwest-southeast oriented gateway connecting downtown City of Lexington with Rockbridge County. The primary goal of this corridor study will be to establish Route 60 as a vibrant gateway corridor for both the City of Lexington and Rockbridge County with a focus on enhancing transportation mobility, improving public safety, improving the overall appearance of the corridor and coordinating multimodal transportation options.

The study will evaluate existing and future transportation conditions along the corridor from the intersection of East Nelson Street and Spottswood Drive to the intersection of East Midland Trail and Quarry Lane. Context Sensitive Solution (CSS) methodologies will be employed to identify the unique characteristics of the study corridor. These characteristics and the transportation needs of the stakeholders along the corridor will be used to develop improvement plans that fit the physical setting of the corridor.

Purpose and Need

  • Evaluate the transportation system along the Route 60 Corridor from the intersection of East Nelson Street and Spottswood Drive to the intersection of East Midland Trail and Quarry Lane. Recommend a set of transportation improvements that can best satisfy existing and future transportation needs through the year 2035. The study will identify needs for all modes of transportation based upon capacity, safety and functional requirements including the effectiveness and efficiency of the overall transportation system.

  • Determine major issues, challenges and needs associated with the transportation infrastructure along the Route 60 Corridor.

  • Develop strategies and recommend improvements addressing current and future transportation demands.

  • Recommend strategic short term and long term transportation improvement projects that will be prioritized and phased over time relative to available funding.

Scope of Work

The tangible result of the Route 60 Corridor Study will be a technical document the City of Lexington and Rockbridge County can incorporate into their respective Comprehensive Plans.

What’s Next

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has completed the Route 60 Corridor Study Transportation Needs Survey for the Lexington and Rockbridge County area.

VDOT hosted a stakeholder meeting regarding the study on May 21, 2012.
The survey was open from May 7 to June 22, 2012 and was completed by 222 local citizens. It covered the Route 60 Corridor from the intersection of East Nelson Street and Spottswood Drive to the intersection of East Midland Trail to Quarry Lane. Citizens were asked to vote for their top choices of transportation needs and improvements along the Route 60 Corridor identified by VDOT District Planners and could also write in their own ideas.

The study’s goal was to address short term and long term transportation issues associated with the Route 60 Corridor. Along with the survey results, VDOT will consider multiple factors such as community input, traffic operation, future economic projections and existing corridor context when prioritizing improvements along the corridor.

For the complete survey results, visit: http://bit.ly/Rte60_SurveyResult.

VDOT has also made survey results available at City of Lexington, Rockbridge County and VDOT Lexington Residency offices.

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