For Immediate Release:
October 2, 2015
Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov
| VDOT, Lindsay LeGrand, 804-586-4455, Richmondinfo@VDOT.Virginia.Gov
Governor McAuliffe Cuts Ribbon On Completed Virginia Capital Trail Project
~Fifty mile bike and shared-use trail open from Richmond to Jamestown~
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe celebrated the grand opening of the completed Virginia Capital Trail today during a ceremonial ribbon cutting in Richmond. The $75 million trail connects over fifty miles of shared use pathways for cyclists and pedestrians from Richmond to Jamestown.
“The Virginia Capital Trail offers Virginians and visitors unrivaled non-motorized access to one of the commonwealth’s most historic and beautiful corridors,” said Governor McAuliffe. “It brings a valuable potential source of economic development to the region, increases cyclist and motorist safety, heightens awareness for preserving the area’s history and adds unique recreational opportunities.”
Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne added, “The trail construction has truly been a long and successful partnership among leaders in every level of government across the region. The Virginia Department of Transportation staff has successfully designed and delivered another quality project. They have taken great care to partner with the communities along the alignment to help preserve and enhance its valuable resources. It is yet another example of the our commitment to plan, deliver, operate and maintain a transportation system that is safe, enables easy movement of people and goods, boosts the economy and improves our quality of life. Adding alternative transportation accommodations along Route 5 is an effective way of achieving these goals.”
Design on the multi-jurisdictional project began in 2003. The trail alignment runs mostly parallel to scenic Route 5, which travels through a wellspring of historic, environmental and cultural resources from previous capitals in Jamestown and Williamsburg to the modern government seat in Richmond. The trail was constructed in phases by several contractors.
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, created in 2004, will continue activities to promote and enhance the trail. "This trail will be transformative for the communities through which is passes," said Virginia Capital Trail Foundation Executive Director, Beth Weisbrod. "It's a free amenity, attractive to all ages and abilities, and because of that, it will go a long way in creating a more active and healthy region.”
The trail is equipped with multiple parking areas, access to rest areas, picnic tables and several bicycle repair stations. It will be open to the public from sunrise to sunset. For more information about the project, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/newcaptrail_welcome.asp and http://virginiacapitaltrail.org/. Additional information about alternative transportation access in Virginia can be found at http://www.virginiadot.org/bikemap/.