Woodstock Bike and Pedestrian Trail Keeps Its Own Pace as Town Approaches Engineering Stadium | Nvdaily
Woodstock City Manager Aaron Grisdale said last week that the city’s master plan for cycling and walking paths was on schedule as the project nears the engineering and design stage of its construction phase. opening.
The city closed the tender for the landscape architecture and engineering services of the project on Wednesday after opening its tender (RFP) at the end of May. Grisdale said Thursday that Woodstock had received “expressions of interest” from three companies, a number it noted was “just as high as we hoped”, and that city staff would assess those options in the weeks to come before selecting a farm in early September.
âThen we’ll go through the actual design process with this selected company until fall and maybe early winter,â he continued, âand hopefully in the spring , early next summer, we will be able to solicit construction and shake things up and move this project forward to the next phase.
The first task in the opening phase of the project will focus on the right-of-way of the city’s Hisey Avenue, which runs between North and Spring Streets at the city’s north end, Grisdale said. Whichever company the city chooses to perform the engineering and design services over the next few months, the layout and facilities of the first phase will come in handy.
The Master Plan for Bicycles and Pedestrians, available for viewing on the city’s website, will feature a variety of different types of trails to facilitate the movement of bicycles and pedestrians, including cycle lanes, side paths and paths. for shared use.
Grisdale noted that the city is projecting a total cost of $ 450,000 for Phase 1, Task 1 of the bike and pedestrian path, a figure that includes design and construction. The project is supported by the Virginia Department of Transportation Alternatives program, which requires a 20% local match and through which VDOT has authorized a grant of up to $ 355,000 to Woodstock.
Grisdale added that the city has included in its request for proposals the design services for task 2 of the first phase of the cycle and pedestrian path, although this part of the project is not included in the funding program for transportation alternatives. for the time being.
âWe anticipate that moving forward with the preliminary designs for our Task 2 will help us make ourselves competitive for future grant opportunities through VDOT,â Grisdale wrote in an email Friday.
The second task of the first phase of the project – which will include what city staff call the âpark-to-park connectionâ. It will include improvements to Summit Avenue, Court Street and portions of West Spring and West North Streets to connect the first phase with historic downtown Woodstock.
Grisdale said VDOT recently opened up new opportunities for another round of grants that city staff are exploring for the first phase of Task 2.
âWe hope to be able to get the same grant funding for transportation alternatives with this project,â he said.
An overall cost of the entire project was not included in the master plan which, when drafted in 2019, provided for a 10-year timeline for the completion of the main components of the trail. Grisdale said the total cost would depend on that schedule and the types of facilities eventually built on the different sections of the trail.
âWhile this (blueprint) is a general guide, some of it may fluctuate over the life of the project as we kind of reassess our priorities and needs in the years to come,â Grisdale said.
When completed, the Bike and Walk Trail will be a 12.5 mile loop allowing vehicle-free travel to Woodstock points of interest.
As the trail begins to gain momentum, Woodstock nearly completed another project at the end of last week. The city’s new orientation signs have popped up throughout Woodstock recently after COVID-19 delayed their installation last year.
The signs, which showcase Woodstock’s updated branding, provide additional directional assistance to areas of interest throughout the city.
âWe are really delighted to see this project come to fruition. We’re very close to being done on this, âGrisdale said Thursday. âThis has gone on for many years, under the leadership of our Director of Marketing and Events, Katie Mercer, and in coordination with (the) Woodstock Enhancement (Committee) and our (Town) Council.
âIt was an investment project that we had to put on hold,â he continued, âand then we were able to free up funds over the past year to relaunch this project.â
The 2021 budget included $ 90,000 earmarked for the Woodstock directional signage project.