Construction of the new sidewalk, installation of new pedestrian signals, and other work started in March 2013 and was completed December 2013 by A&J Excavation & Development of Mt. Jackson, VA.
This project was funded by VDOT's Safe Routes to School Grant and Community Development Block Grant, and project oversight and engineering design by the City of Harrisonburg.
Project Completion Celebration:
The City and Waterman Elementary School partnered to celebrate the Safe Route to School Project on June 4, 2014. View the photos from the celebration.
Project Background: In the summer of 2010, the City of Harrisonburg, in partnership with Waterman Elementary School and members of the community, was awarded a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in neighborhoods around Waterman Elementary School. Since that time, the City has been working on engineering design and meeting with residents and property owners to discuss with them where the new sidewalks will be going in front of their homes and businesses. In 2013, the City was awarded additional funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
The project included:
- New sidewalks on the west side of Chicago Avenue between 2nd Street and Rockingham Drive,
- New sidewalks on the east side of Stuart Street between Chicago Avenue and 3rd Street,
- New sidewalks on the south side of 3rd Street between Stuart Street and Collicello Street,
- New sidewalks on the west side of Virginia Avenue from approximately 2nd Street to 5th Street,
- New sidewalks on the east side of Virginia Avenue from approximately 2nd Street to 4th Street,
- A new pedestrian signal at the intersection of 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue, and
- New bike lanes on Chicago Avenue between Gay Street to Rockingham Drive.