Eleven Transportation Alternatives Program/Safe Routes to School Projects Funded in Central Shenandoah Region


Mix of school, recreation, and urban improvements will enhance nonmotorized travel options.

 STAUNTON (June 20, 2018) —The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) announced today that eleven Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)/Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects have been awarded funding for FY2019-2020. Projects include the City of Lexington’s plan to improve pedestrian access to Lylburn Downing Middle School; creation of a Bike Boulevard in the City of Harrisonburg; construction of a trail connecting two parks and the library in the Town of Bridgewater; and completion of the third phase of the City of Waynesboro’s South River Greenway.

TAP/SRTS helps fund community-based programs and projects that expand nonmotorized travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historical and environmental aspects of the transportation infrastructure. The program covers on- and off-street bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects (bike lanes, sidewalks, multi-use paths), as well as Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects.

“This year’s Transportation Alternatives Program/Safe Routes to School grant awards in the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) region are an excellent mix of alternative transportation improvements around schools, in cities, and throughout recreation areas. A well-rounded slate of projects like this is a great use of the TAP/Safe Routes program,” said Frank Friedman, chair of the CSPDC Board of Commissioners and Mayor of city of Lexington.

The TAP/SRTS projects were approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board on June 20, 2018 as part of the FY2019-2024 Six-Year Improvement Program. A total of eleven Transportation Alternatives and Highway Safety Improvement Program projects totaling $2,553,900 from the CSPDC region were funded in the recently approved plan.

CSPDC staff assists member jurisdictions with grant writing, providing supporting resolutions, and coordinating application materials in each transportation planning cycle. For more information contact Ann Cundy, (540) 885-5174, ann@cspdc.org.


2018 Draft Virginia Outdoors Plan Available for Comment

outdoor plan
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has announced the release of the draft 2018 Virginia Outdoors Plan , which is Virginia’s comprehensive planning document for land conservation, outdoor recreation, and open-space planning.
DCR is accepting comments until June 29. For comments to be considered, they must be submitted through the   DCR web portal. Please be aware that this is a draft document and still has additional formatting to occur. DCR requests that comments be focused on content only.

Chesapeake Bay WIPIII Development Underway


The Commonwealth will soon begin the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) to determine pollution control measures needed to fully restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal rivers to ensure they are in place no later than 2025. A major component of this process is the engagement of localities, Soil & Water Conservation Districts, and many other stakeholders in order to provide them with the opportunity to refine and identify best management practices and programmatic actions, at regional scales, that will meet local area planning goals. The CSPDC will be working in conjunction with Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to develop the District’s implementation of the Phase III WIP based on coordination with localities within the District. The development of the plan will begin in June 2018 and wrap-up in December 2018.

GO Virginia Approves Cyber Security Proposal


The GO Virginia State Board met on June 12 and approved  Region 8‘s proposal to fund a Cyber Security Workforce and Jobs Program. GO Virginia funding in the amount of $200,000 and matched with $200,000 in local funds will be used to develop a self-paced hands-on cyber security training program at Blue Ridge Community College. The goal of the program is to train and credential 50 Tier I cyber security analysts over a 2-year period. Graduates of the program will be placed in jobs that have an average wage of $54,000.