House Bill Two (HB2) Transportation Projects
Three highway projects in the town of Christiansburg are included in the recent release of House Bill Two (HB2) application recommendations for inclusion in VDOT's Six-Year Improvement Program.
HB2 aims to allocate state funding to the most critical transportation projects in Virginia. The recommended Christiansburg projects will serve to improve safety, alleviate traffic congestion, and potentially provide an economic development impact.
Christiansburg area projects under consideration include:
- the North Franklin Street – Cambria Street intersection and the North Franklin Street Corridor Project.
The North Franklin Street - Cambria Street intersection is a five-legged intersection which does not meet typical driver expectations. The proposed elimination of the fifth leg, planned entrance consolidation, and provision of pedestrian signalization should alleviate safety concerns.
The North Franklin Street Corridor Project project will alleviate congestion on the Route 460 Corridor. U.S. Route 460 is a VTrans Corridor of Statewide Significance (CoSS). The Route 460 Corridor is the heart of retail activity in Christiansburg and has seen both pedestrian and motor vehicular fatalities.
- the North Franklin Street - Peppers Ferry Road Connector Project. This project will alleviate congestion on one of the busiest highways and serve to alleviate congestion at two of the busiest traffic signals in the New River Valley. Phase II of the connector route was selected as part of the recommendation.
- the Route 460 Ramp at North Franklin Street. Also included is the New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization’s requested construction of an eastbound ramp to Route 460 at North Franklin Street, which would tie the Route 460 Bypass into North Franklin Street.
The new HB2 application process is designed to remove much of the subjectivity in the selection process for inclusion in VDOT's Six-Year Improvements Program. Final decisions for inclusion in the Six-Year Improvements Program must be made by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
To learn more about the recommended projects, please contact Assistant Town Manager/HB2 Administrator Randy Wingfield at (540) 382-6128 ext. 1119.