The City of Waynesboro has been awarded a Transportation Alternatives grant to construct Phase 3 of the South River Greenway Trail.

Phase 3 of the South River Greenway Trail expands the City’s greenway network by connecting several neighborhoods to Waynesboro’s downtown district, Ridgeview Park, the City’s pool, library, and YMCA. Improvements include the construction of a 10-foot wide, mile long asphalt trail, benches, new street trees, crosswalks, a pedestrian refuge at the Wayne Avenue/Arch Avenue intersection, and a scenic overlook of the South River with fishing access, at the site of the former Chestnut Avenue Bridge. Congratulations, Waynesboro!

The current Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), a Federal-Aid Highway program, is a component of the federal transportation bill – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, also known as MAP-21 signed in July 2012. TAP recieved some minor changes and updates during the signing of The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act on Dec. 4, 2015, as well as a new name the “Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside” program, but is still commonly known as TAP.

These set-aside funds include:

1) Most of the eligible activities from the Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program, now known as Transportation Alternatives (TA), which has ten qualifying TA sub-activities

2) Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) activities

3) Recreational Trails Program activities and

4) Planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways

For more information on the TAP program or other projects around the state for fiscal year (FY) 2018 visit VDOT’s Local Assistance Division webpage. Or you can view the list of projects here.