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FY 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia


Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application

Table of Contents  Section 1:  Application and Formal Actions  Transportation Enhancement Program Application Public Hearing Advertisement and Certification Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Resolution Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Resolution

Section 2:  Project Overview  Project Description Maps Concept Plan Photographs Renderings

Section 3:  Attachment A  Attachment A – Total Project Budget Portion of Phase 1 Project Budget

Section 4:  Attachment B  Attachment B – Selection Criteria Selection Criteria Narrative

Section 5:  Additional Information  Letters of Support Plantation Road Transportation Survey and Results Roanoke County Plantation Road Transportation Enhancement Program Presentation for the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Public Hearing November 17, 2009

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FY 2010 – 2011 PROJECT APPLICATION FORM COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

**APPLICATION DEADLINE DECEMBER 1, 2009** Use TAB KEY to reach each field

1. Applicant

2. Project Sponsor

3. Project Manager

4. Project Description

Name and Title: Organization: Address: City, State, Zip: Telephone/Fax: E-mail Address: Name and Title: Sponsoring Agency: Address: City, State, Zip: Telephone/Fax: E-mail Address:

B. Clayton Goodman, III, County Administrator County oF Roanoke, Virginia 5204 Bernard Drive, P.O. Box 29800 Roanoke, Virginia 24018 (540) 772-2004 cgoodman@roanokecountyva.gov (Same as above)

Name and Title: Megan G. Cronise, Principal Planner Organization: County of Roanoke, Virginia Address: 5204 Bernard Drive, P.O. Box 29800 City, State, Zip: Roanoke, Virginia 24018 Telephone/Fax: (540) 772-2068 ext. 282 E-mail Address: mcronise@roanokecountyva.gov The Plantation Road streetscape improvement project encompasses the length of Plantation Road (Route 115) from Interstate 81 to Williamson Road (Route 11) a distance of nine-tenths of one mile. Proposed streetscape and multimodal improvements include sidewalks, striped bicycle lanes and two shared use trails extending 1) along Walrond and Enon Drives to Walrond Park; and 2) along Friendship Lane to the proposed Hollins University segment of the Tinker Creek Greenway. Additional improvements include a pedestrian refuge islands with a crosswalk, pedestrian signals at the existing Gander Way/Friendship Lane and Williamson Road signalized intersections, street trees, historic pedestrian-scaled lighting, landscaped medians, a Hollins community gateway sign, improved landscaping at Interstate 81 and at Williamson Road, drainage improvements, retaining walls where needed and possible right-of-way acquisition. This project is currently split into three phases: 1) Gander Way/Friendship Lane to Hitech Road; 2) Hitech Road to Williamson Road; and 3) Gander Way/Friendship Lane to Interstate 81.

5. Primary Category of Eligibility (Select ONLY one) List primary category of eligibility. Select major category of eligibility even if other categories may apply. (See Enhancement http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/resources/EligibilityTAB.pdf for a listing and description of the 12 categories)

Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities


6. Relationship to Surface Transportation (Select ONLY one and explain) Select the primary relationship to transportation (past or future) and describe how the project demonstrates this relationship. (Please limit your response to 150 characters) (See Enhancement http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/resources/EligibilityTAB.pdf for a description of relationships)

Function Explain:The proposed sidewalks, trails and bicycle lanes will function as transportation facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other users. Impact Explain: Proximity Explain: 7. Total Project Cost 7a. Total Estimated Project Cost

All Phases

$2,527,159.75

7b. Total Enhancement Funds Anticipated

All Phases (Maximum 80%)

$1,895,369.81

7c. Other Anticipated Project Funding: Source Roanoke County Capital Improvement Program Virginia Department of Transportation Revenue Sharing Funds Private Contributions

Confirmed Amount

Anticipated Amount

8. Transportation Enhancement Funds Requested 8a. Federal Enhancement Funds Requested

This Application Only

$676,695.62

8b. Match Required

This Application Only

$169,173.91

Confirmed Amount

Anticipated Amount $71,025.00

8c. Match Source(s) for this application (see 8b): Source Roanoke County Department of Community Development Private Property Owners

Roanoke County Economic Development Authority Roanoke County Department of  Economic Development Public Private  Partnership

Type In-Kind Services Potential Right-of-Way Donation Cash

$50,000.00

Cash

$50,000.00

9. Attachment A- Project Budget: Enclose a complete project budget (See 7a). If the project includes multiple phases, show ALL phases. Budget projections should reflect the total project cost, including federal and non-federal costs. Format budget to separate PE, RW and CN costs.

10. Attachment B- Scoring Criteria. To be completed by all project applicants.


AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF ROANOKE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, HELD AT THE ROANOKE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION CENTER, ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2009 RESOLUTION 111709-10 REQUESTING THE COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD ESTABLISH AN ENHANCEMENT PROJECT FOR PLANTATION ROAD IN ROANOKE COUNTY, VIRGINIA WHEREAS, in accordance with the Commonwealth Transportation Board construction allocation procedures, it is necessary that a request by resolution be received from the local government or state agency in order that the Virginia Department of Transportation program an enhancement project in Roanoke County. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors requests the Commonwealth Transportation Board to establish a project for the improvement of Plantation Road in the form of pedestrian and bicycle accommodations as well as streetscape improvements. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors hereby agrees to pay a minimum 20 percent of the total cost for planning and design, right-of-way, and construction of this project, and that, if the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors subsequently elects to cancel this project the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors hereby agrees to reimburse the Virginia Department of Transportation for the total amount of costs expended by the Department through the date the Department is notified of such cancellation. On motion of Supervisor Flora to adopt the resolution, and carried by the following recorded vote:

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AYES:

Supervisors Church, Flora, McNamara, Altizer

NAYS:

None

ABSENT:

Supervisor Moore A COpy TESTE:

~~/R~' /VfMdm Clerk to the Board of Supervisors

cc:

Megan Cronise, Principal Planner Philip Thompson, Deputy Director of Planning

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Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application PROJECT DESCRIPTION The Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvement project relates directly to and substantially improves upon Plantation Road, a portion of Roanoke County’s surface transportation infrastructure. The project encompasses the length of Plantation Road (Route 115) from Interstate 81 to Williamson Road (Route 11) a distance of about nine-tenths of one mile. The Plantation Road project is split into three phases: 1) Gander Way/Friendship Lane to Hitech Road; 2) Hitech Road to Williamson Road; and 3) Gander Way/Friendship Lane to Interstate 81. The Plantation Road project qualifies for the Transportation Enhancement Program under “Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities” as well as under “Landscaping and Scenic Beautification.” Proposed streetscape and multimodal improvements include sidewalks, striped bicycle lanes and two shared use trails extending 1) along Walrond and Enon Drives to Walrond Park; and 2) along Friendship Lane to the proposed Hollins University segment of the Tinker Creek Greenway. Additional improvements include landscaped pedestrian crossings, pedestrian signals at the existing Gander Way/Friendship Lane and Williamson Road signalized intersections, street trees, historic pedestrianscaled lighting, landscaped medians, a Hollins gateway sign, improved landscaping at Interstate 81 and at Williamson Road, drainage improvements, retaining walls where needed and possible right-ofway acquisition. Other pedestrian amenities considered include benches and waste receptacles. CURRENT REQUEST Roanoke County requests $676,695.62 dollars for the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year Transportation Enhancement Program. The features to be constructed with this funding include sidewalk on the western side of Phase 1 with an associated six-foot-wide grass strip, curb, gutter, and storm drain. Two pedestrian crossings with landscaped medians would also be constructed with this funding. Please refer to the Portion of Phase 1 Project Budget in Section 3 for further detail.


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Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application -- Attachment A: Project Budget Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Type

PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING PHASE Engineering/Design Fees (Roanoke County In‐Kind Service) Grant Administrative Costs (Roanoke County In‐Kind Service) Surveying Fees Estimated VDOT Review Charges (Including environmental documentation /  coordination and inspections) PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING PHASE TOTAL COSTS RIGHT‐OF‐WAY PHASE Utility Relocation (AEP Power Poles outside ROW) Right of Way Purchase or Donation (Eligible for Match) Deeds, Title Work and Plats (Roanoke County In‐Kind Service) RIGHT‐OF‐WAY PHASE TOTAL COSTS CONSTRUCTION PHASE (Caculations by Phase and West or East side of Plantation) Drainage Improvements Drop Inlet (200' max spacing) Manhole Reinforced Concrete Pipe

Retaining Wall Sidewalk (5' width) Bicycle Lanes (6' width)

Type

Bicycle Lane Stripe Marking, 4" Bicycle Lane Bicycle Marking Bicycle Lane Bicycle Marking Landscaping / Utility Strip (6' width) Topsoil Grass Seed Fertilizer Lime Selection of Eastern Redbud, Flowering  Dogwood, Kousa Dogwood, Thundercloud  Plum, Flowering Crabapple, Kwanzan Cherry,  Crape Myrtle Landscaping / Utility Strip (3' width) Topsoil Grass Seed Fertilizer Lime Lighting Pedestrian‐Scale Lighting (50' spacing) Conduit Williamson / Plantation Node  Small Shrubs with mulch  Small Trees Landscaping Mulch for existing landscaping Interstate 81 / Plantation Node  Small Trees Landscaping Small Shrubs with mulch 

Unit Hour Hour

Cost Each $75.00 $50.00

Phase 1 200 100 $50,000 $15,000

Unit

Cost Each Phase 1 W EA $5,000.00 4 SF by 2009 assessment $7,239.16 Parcel $500.00 5

Type DI‐3B ES1 MH1 18" 24" 36" CG‐6

Curb and Gutter Reinforced Concrete Brick‐Faced, 4' tall Concrete Sidewalk (5' width, 4" thick) Handicapped Ramp CG‐12A Bicycle Lane Paving, 3' wide, 2" thick (West side  Length only) Stone (6" base) (West side only)

November 24, 2009

Unit EA EA EA LF LF LF LF LF LF EA LF

Cost Each Phase 1 W $3,340.00 6 $1,200.00 $ 0 $1,500.00 0 $70.00 1500 $90.00 360 $120.00 0 $45.00 1375 $200.00 0 $60.00 1225 $2,000.00 12 1500

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Phase 2 160 100

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Phase 3 120 100

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$15,000

Phase 1 E

Phase 2 W Phase 2 E Phase 3 W Phase 3 E 0 1 0 0 0 $13,668.96 $7,955.33 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 7 5 0 0 0 Phase 1E 4 0 1 580 310 0 1383 435 1325 18 0

Phase 2 W Phase 2 E Phase 3 W Phase 3 E 7 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 320 0 820 0 0 0 1040 0 0 0 1540 0 455 0 0 0 0 0 1400 0 415 0 7 0 11 2 1400 0 415 0

All Phases Cost $36,000.00 $15,000.00 $50,000.00 $45,000.00

Phase 1 $15,000.00 $5,000.00 $50,000.00 $15,000.00

Phase 2 $12,000.00 $5,000.00 $0.00 $15,000.00

Phase 3 $9,000.00 $5,000.00 $0.00 $15,000.00

$146,000.00 All Phases Cost $25,000.00 $28,863.45 $8,500.00 $62,363.45 All Phases Cost $63,460.00 $ $1,200.00 $1,500.00 $168,000.00 $134,100.00 $124,800.00 $213,885.00 $87,000.00 $261,900.00 $100,000.00

$85,000.00 Phase 1 $20,000.00 $20,908.12 $6,000.00 $46,908.12 Phase 1 $33,400.00 $ $0.00 $1,500.00 $145,600.00 $60,300.00 $0.00 $124,110.00 $87,000.00 $153,000.00 $60,000.00 $0.00

$32,000.00 Phase 2 $5,000.00 $7,955.33 $2,500.00 $15,455.33 Phase 2 $23,380.00 $ $1,200.00 $0.00 $0.00 $73,800.00 $124,800.00 $69,300.00 $0.00 $84,000.00 $14,000.00 $0.00

$29,000.00 Phase 3 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 Phase 3 $6,680.00 $ $0.00 $0.00 $22,400.00 $0.00 $0.00 $20,475.00 $0.00 $24,900.00 $26,000.00 $0.00

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$1,520.00 $1,245.00 $0.00 $1,037.50 $286 00 $286.00 $498.00 $169.00 $16.80 $27.00 $2,700.00

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $48,000.00 $14,400.00 $4,800.00 $900.00 $500.00 $0.00 $0.00

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $15,000.00 $4,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $900.00 $6,000.00

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$8,287.50 $1 430 00 $1,430.00 $3,818.00 $1,300.00 $134.40 $208.50 $16,800.00

$5,225.00 $4,500.00 $0.00 $3,750.00 $429 00 $429.00 $1,743.00 $585.00 $61.60 $94.50 $4,800.00

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$8,300.00 $13.00 $560.00 $150.00 $1,500.00 $9.00 $80.00 $150.00 $250.00 $150.00 $100.00

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$664.00 $223.60 $22.40 $36.00 $87,000.00 $26,100.00 $4,800.00 $900.00 $500.00 $900.00 $6,000.00

$664.00 $223.60 $22.40 $36.00 $24,000.00 $7,200.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Length 21B Type B Class 1 Class A‐2 K31 Fescue

1.5" Caliper

Class A‐2 K31 Fescue


Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application -- Attachment A: Project Budget Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia CONSTRUCTION PHASE (Caculations by Phase and West or East side of Plantation) Type Welcome Sign Monument‐style with Brick Pillars Small Tree 1.5" Caliper Welcome Sign Landscaping Small flowering shrubs (i.e. Weigela) with mulch 12" tall Large Evergreen Shrubs (i.e. Dwarf White  Spruce) with mulch Groundcover (i.e. Vinca) with mulch CONSTRUCTION PHASE (Calculations by Phase Only) Shared Use Path (Enon Dr.  Extension) 10' width Asphalt (2" thick) Stone (4" base) Shared Use Path (Walrond Dr.) 10'  width Asphalt (2" thick) Stone (4" base) Stone (4" base) Shared Use Path (Friendship Ln.) 10'  width Asphalt (2" thick) Stone (4" base) Pedestrian Crossing (South) Crosswalk Marking Pedestrian Crossing (North) Crosswalk Marking Landscaped Medians (center lane)  Island Topsoil 10' wide, 3 (2 for pedestrian  Grass Seed crossings) Fertilizer Lime Selection of  small deciduous trees including  Eastern Redbud, Flowering Dogwood, Kousa  Dogwood, Thundercloud Plum, Flowering  Crabapple, Kwanzan Cherry, Crape Myrtle pp , y, p y Selection of small shrubs including Threadleaf  Falsecypress, Red Barberry, Dwarf English  Boxwood, Anthony Waterer Spirea, Dwarf  Cranberry Bush, Gold Star Potentilla, Boxleaf  Euonymous

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Excavation Stormwater Management Erosion and Sediment Control Measures Mobilization Williamson / Plantation Intersection  Pedestrian Signal Heads Upgrade  Pedestrian Signalization Gander Way / Plantation  Intersection Pedestrian  Signalization Other

Pavement Marking Upgrade  Pedestrian Signal Heads Upgrade and Pavement  Marking

Inspection Fees (Roaonoke County In‐Kind Service) Construction Management (Roanoke County In‐Kind Service) Contingency Incidental Costs CONSTRUCTION PHASE TOTAL COSTS TOTAL COSTS (PE, ROW, CN) PER PHASE GRAND TOTAL COSTS (PE, ROW, CN)

Cost Each

$20.00 Cost Each $95.00 $9.27 $95.00 $9 27 $9.27

Phase 1 W

Phase 1E

Phase 1 750 92 750 1900 232 1900

20 Phase 2

Phase 3 E

Phase 3

2000 244 2000

All Phases Cost $10,000.00 $150.00 $960.00

Phase 1 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Phase 2 $10,000.00 $150.00 $960.00

Phase 3 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

$780.00

$0.00

$780.00

$0.00

$400.00 All Phases Cost $0.00 $8,740.00 $6,952.50

$0.00 Phase 1 $0.00 $8,740.00 $6,952.50

$400.00 Phase 2 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

$0.00 Phase 3 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

$22,040.00 $17 613 00 $17,613.00

$22,040.00 $17,613.00 $17 613 00

$0.00 $0.00 $0 00

$0.00 $0.00 $0 00

$0.00 $0.00 $150.00 $150.00 $21,810.00 $664.00 $223.60 $22.40 $36.00 $7,800.00

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $11,490.00 $249.00 $84.50 $8.40 $13.50 $600.00

$23,180.00 $18,540.00 $0.00 $0.00 $29,640.00 $1,577.00 $546.00 $56.00 $87.00 $3,600.00

$95.00 $9.27 $1.25 $1.25 $30.00 $8,300.00 $13.00 $560.00 $150.00 $300.00

120 120 727 0.08 17.2 0.04 0.24 26

383 0.03 6.5 0.015 0.09 2

988 0.19 42 0.1 0.58 12

$23,180.00 $18,540.00 $150.00 $150.00 $62,940.00 $2,490.00 $854.10 $86.80 $136.50 $12,000.00

$75.00

66

12

72

$11,250.00

$4,950.00

$900.00

$5,400.00

$5,000 $0 $3,000 $60,000

$5,000 $50,000 $3,000 $60,000 $26,879.00

$5,000 $0 $3,000 $60,000

$15,000.00 $50,000.00 $9,000.00 $180,000.00 $26,879.00

$5,000 $0 $3,000 $60,000 $0.00

$5,000 $50,000 $3,000 $60,000 $26,879.00

$5,000 $0 $3,000 $60,000 $0.00

$13,000.00 $49,000.00

$0.00 $49,000.00

$13,000.00 $0.00

$0.00 $0.00

$20,000.00 $20,000.00 $200,000.00 $200,000.00 $2,318,796.30

$12,000.00 $12,000.00 $120,000.00 $120,000.00 $1,190,395.60 $1,322,303.72

$6,000.00 $6,000.00 $60,000.00 $60,000.00 $799,420.40 $846,875.73

$2,000.00 $2,000.00 $20,000.00 $20,000.00 $328,980.30 $357,980.30

$13,000.00 $49,000

10% 10%

Phase 3 W

$2,527,159.75


FY 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application -- Portion of Phase 1 Project Budget Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING PHASE Engineering/Design Fees (Roanoke County In‐Kind Service) Grant Administrative Costs (Roanoke County In‐Kind Service) Surveying Fees Estimated VDOT Review Charges (Including environmental documentation / coordination and inspections) PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING PHASE TOTAL COSTS RIGHT‐OF‐WAY PHASE Utility Relocation (AEP Power Poles outside ROW) Right of Way Purchase or Donation (Eligible for Match) Deeds, Title Work and Plats (Roanoke County In‐Kind Service) RIGHT‐OF‐WAY PHASE TOTAL COSTS CONSTRUCTION PHASE (Caculations by Phase and West or East side of Plantation) Drainage Improvements Drop Inlet (200' max spacing) Manhole Reinforced Concrete Pipe

Curb and Gutter Concrete Sidewalk (5' width, 4" thick) Handicapped Ramp Landscaping / Utility Strip (6' width) Topsoil Grass Seed Fertilizer Lime CONSTRUCTION PHASE (Calculations by Phase Only) Pedestrian Crossing (South) Crosswalk Marking Pedestrian Crossing (North) Crosswalk Marking L d Landscaped Medians (center lane)  d M di ( t l ) Island Il d 10' wide for North and South  Topsoil Pedestrian Crossings Grass Seed Fertilizer Lime Selection of  small deciduous trees including Eastern Redbud, Flowering  Dogwood, Kousa Dogwood, Thundercloud Plum, Flowering Crabapple,  Kwanzan Cherry, Crape Myrtle

November 24, 2009

Type

Unit Hour Hour

Type

Unit Cost Each Phase 1 W Phase 1 W Total EA $5,000.00 4 $20,000.00 SF by 2009 assessment $7,239.16 $7,239.16 Parcel $500.00 5 $2,500.00

Type DI‐3B ES1 MH1 18" 24" 36" CG‐6

Sidewalk (5' width)

CG‐12A Class A‐2 K31 Fescue

Type Type B Class 1 Type B Class 1 CG‐2 CG 2 Class A‐2 K31 Fescue

1.5" Caliper

Selection of small shrubs including Threadleaf Falsecypress, Red Barberry,  12" tall Dwarf English Boxwood, Anthony Waterer Spirea, Dwarf Cranberry Bush,  Gold Star Potentilla, Boxleaf Euonymous Excavation Stormwater Management Erosion and Sediment Control Measures M Mobilization bili i Other Inspection Fees (Roaonoke County In‐Kind Service) Construction Management (Roanoke County In‐Kind Service) Contingency Incidental Costs CONSTRUCTION PHASE TOTAL COSTS GRAND TOTAL COSTS (PE, ROW, CN) PORTION OF PHASE 1 Improvements proposed FY 2010‐2011

Unit EA EA EA LF LF LF LF LF EA Acre Pound Ton Ton Unit LF LF LF Acre Pound Ton Ton EA

EA

$12,000 $12,000 10% 10%

Cost Each $75.00 $50.00

Phase 1 200 100 $50,000 $15,000

Cost Each Phase 1 W Phase 1 W Total $3,340.00 6 $20,040.00 $1,200.00 0 $0.00 $1,500.00 0 $0.00 $70.00 1500 $105,000.00 $90.00 360 $32,400.00 $120.00 0 $0.00 $45.00 1375 $61,875.00 $60.00 1225 $73,500.00 $2,000.00 12 $24,000.00 $8,300.00 0.21 $1,743.00 $13.00 45 $585.00 $560.00 0.11 $61.60 $150.00 0.63 $94.50 Cost Each Phase 1 $1.25 120 $1.25 120 $30 00 $30.00 400 $8,300.00 0.06 $13.00 12 $560.00 0.09 $150.00 0.56 $300.00 15

$75.00

Phase 1 E 0 $13,668.96 7 Phase 1E 4 0 1 580 310 0 1383 1325 18 0 0 0 0

Phase 1 E Total $0.00 $13,668.96 $3,500.00 Phase 1 E Total $13,360.00 $0.00 $1,500.00 $40,600.00 $27,900.00 $0.00 $62,235.00 $79,500.00 $36,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Phase 1 Total $15,000.00 $5,000.00 $50,000.00 $15,000.00 $85,000.00 Phase 1 Total $20,000.00 $20,908.12 $6,000.00 $46,908.12 Phase 1 Total $33,400.00 $0.00 $1,500.00 $145,600.00 $60,300.00 $0.00 $124,110.00 $153,000.00 $60,000.00 $1,743.00 $585.00 $61.60 $94.50 Phase 1 Total $150.00 $150.00 $12 000 00 $12,000.00 $498.00 $156.00 $50.40 $84.00 $4,500.00

52

$3,900.00

$5,000 $0 $3,000 $60 000 $60,000

$5,000.00 $0.00 $3,000.00 $60 $60,000.00 000 00 $12,000.00 $12,000.00 $56,000.00 $56,000.00 $544,787.50 $676,695.62


FY 2010 - 2011 ATTACHMENT B SELECTION CRITERIA COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

COMPLETED BY ALL APPLICANTS

A. Applicant Name:

B. Clayton Goodman, III, County Administrator, County of Roanoke, Virginia

B. Project Title:

Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements

C. Complete the following questions providing as much detail as possible while including examples when available. Responses will automatically expand to additional sheets as needed. 1. Demonstrated Need – What need(s) will this project fulfill within the community? Explain all that apply. Safety: (See Section 4) Non-motorized Transportation: (See Section 4) Economic: (See Section 4) Historic Preservation: Other: Conformance with Adopted Plans and Regulations (See Section 4) 2. Project Usefulness and/or Benefit a) What purpose will this project serve and how will it benefit the community? Explain all that apply. Provides new bicycle/pedestrian facilities where none exist: (See Section 4) Provides connectivity within the existing transportation network: (See Section 4) Environmental air quality benefit via alternate transportation: (See Section 4) Tourism / Education benefit: (See Section 4) Beautification / Revitalization of existing transportation network: (See Section 4) Other: Health Benefits, Community Support (See Section 4) b) Describe the primary users − provide numbers/if available: (See Section 4) 3. Amenities/Support Facilities – What facilities are available and/or included in this proposal? Describe. (See Section 4) 4. Educational/Historical a) What educational experience will be provided? Describe. Not Applicable b) Will interpretation of the site be provided and in what format? Not Applicable


c) What other historic / scenic sites are within the immediate vicinity? (See Section 4) 5. Project Resources – What resources are available? Describe. a) What financial support is available for project design and / or construction? (See Section 4) b)

Describe any preliminary engineering activities that have occurred including completion of a master plan: (See Section 4).

c)

Has all required property been secured? (See Section 4). Will this funding request fully fund the proposed project and all its phases? (See Section 4) Describe how local support has been demonstrated − provide numbers / data / statistics: (See Section 4)

d) e)


Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application ATTACHMENT B – SELECTION CRITERIA A.

Applicant Name:

B. Clayton Goodman, III, County Administrator, County of Roanoke, Virginia

B.

Project Title:

Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements

C.1.

Demonstrated Need

Safety Plantation Road between Interstate 81 and Williamson Road (US Route 11) was widened in the late 1980s to a mostly undivided, five-lane-wide, shoulder and ditch section measuring nine-tenths of one mile long with straight and slightly rolling characteristics. Plantation Road is classified as an Urban Minor Arterial by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). In some locations along the eastern side of Plantation Road, a wide, paved shoulder is provided. With only one signalized intersection at Gander Way and Friendship Lane between Interstate 81 and Williamson Road, these combined characteristics easily enable vehicle speeds that exceed the posted 45 mileper-hour speed limit. The 2008 Annual Average Daily Traffic Estimates for the segment of Plantation Road between Williamson Road and Indian Road totaled 15,000 trips and the segment between Indian Road and Interstate 81 measured 13,000 trips. Heavy truck traffic is common in this area due to the proximity of the interstate as well as the need for business deliveries along Plantation and Williamson Roads. The volume and speed of traffic traveling on Plantation Road often causes difficulties for area drivers turning left onto Plantation Road from side streets. Because of these challenges, executives at ITT have expressed a desire for a pedestrian-safe environment along Plantation Road. With appropriate pedestrian crossings as planned for in Phase 1 between ITT and BSC Ventures/Double Envelope and between Wachovia and Sunnybrook Garage, they anticipate that employees will leave their cars in the parking lot and walk to lunch instead. In addition, ITT owns and utilizes buildings on both sides of Plantation Road and improved pedestrian crossings would enable ITT employees to easily walk between buildings. Despite these challenges, pedestrians currently walk along the paved, gravel or grass shoulders along Plantation Road. As described by an employee of Sunnybrook Garage located at Plantation Road and Walrond Drive, many employees from Wachovia and ITT situated across Plantation Road drop their cars off for service and dash back across the road on foot. The reverse dash is also common when employees retrieve their cars. A bicyclist was also witnessed recently riding along Plantation Road and turning onto Lila Drive, most likely destined for work at either Wachovia or ITT. In May, 2008, a Pedestrian Study was completed by VDOT to assess the need for pedestrian signalization at the existing signalized intersection at Williamson Road and Plantation Road. The Page 1


Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application study was undertaken as part of the Hollins Area Plan that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on November 11, 2008, as a component of the 2005 Roanoke County Community Plan. The study concluded that enough pedestrian traffic was present at this intersection to warrant a single-leg, count-down-style pedestrian signal to cross Williamson Road. Many of these pedestrians are residents of Hollins Manor, a home for mentally-challenged adults. Other frequent pedestrians include Hollins University students walking from Campus to area businesses. While there was not funding for the pedestrian signalization to be completed at the time, the estimate for upgrading all four approaches to enable all pedestrians to safely cross Williamson and Plantation Roads is included in the scope of this project as part of Phase 2. Additional pedestrian signalization is proposed for all four legs of the Gander Way/Friendship Lane intersection as part of Phase 3. To better control access to properties and businesses along Plantation Road, landscaped medians and coordinating left turn lanes are proposed for portions of the center lane. Right turn approaches to businesses will also be analyzed to determine opportunities for entrance narrowing and coordination. The proposed improvements are anticipated to slow vehicle speeds and to assist pedestrians at entrance crossings. Where no such accommodations currently exist, the proposed pedestrian and bicycle facilities will greatly increase safety along Plantation Road. Sidewalks for pedestrians, bicycle lanes for bicyclists and shared-use trails for both types of users are proposed to be located separate and apart from the existing Plantation Road travel lanes. The proposed pedestrian signalization improvements to the two existing signalized intersections at Gander Way/Friendship Lane and at Williamson Road as well as the planned pedestrian crossings between ITT and BSC Ventures and between Wachovia and Sunnybrook Garage will enable safe pedestrian crossings at four locations along Plantation Road where none currently exist. Access management changes for existing properties and businesses will also increase safety for all users.

Non-motorized Transportation Bicyclists and pedestrians currently utilize Plantation Road without any kind of bicycle or pedestrian accommodations. By adding bicycle lanes, sidewalks, shared-use trails, pedestrian crossings and pedestrian signalization, not only will the use of Plantation Road by non-motorized modes of transportation increase, but these movements will also be made much more safely. Area employees, residents, students, customers and visitors will utilize the bicycle and pedestrian improvements once they are constructed.

Economic Plantation Road is unique to Roanoke County as it is developed by industrial uses, several different types of commercial businesses and private residences. Most of this development occurred in the 1950s and 1960s before and during the construction of Interstate 81. This segment of Plantation

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Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application Road contains the largest employment base in Roanoke County with 4,000 employees between ITT, Wachovia/Wells Fargo and BSC Ventures/Double Envelope. The Plantation Road exit off of Interstate 81, Exit 146, is the most heavily developed of any of the five County exits on Interstate 81. There are 400 guest rooms between four hotels located here and two new hotels are planned. A new retail complex visible from the interstate anchored by Gander Mountain and Camping World is poised for additional commercial development with two to three development-ready outparcels. Single-family neighborhoods such as Carvins Meadow and individual homes are located directly adjacent to Plantation Road. Many of the homes fronting on Plantation Road are either for sale or have been purchased by businesses. Roanoke County staff anticipates redevelopment of these homes and parcels in the near future for commercial and industrial uses. In the immediate Hollins area, Walrond Park, one of the County’s nicest and busiest parks, is just off of Plantation Road to the west surrounded by the Waldron Court and North Burlington Heights residential neighborhoods. Two light industrial parks, New Century Industrial Center and an industrial park on Milk-A-Way Drive, are situated just off of Plantation Road to the east. Hollins University, Roanoke County’s only four-year university, is nearby on Williamson Road with 900 students enrolled. Also located on Williamson Road close to the intersection of Williamson Road and Plantation Road is Hollins Manor, a residential facility for mentally-challenged adults. Williamson Road (US Route 11) preceded Interstate 81 as one of several major thoroughfares through the Roanoke Valley and through the Commonwealth of Virginia. The current retail, restaurant and lodging development along Williamson Road reflect this history. Executives at nearby Camping World on Gander Way eagerly anticipate the completion of these improvements. Pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to the Tinker Creek Greenway and Walrond Park, in particular, would allow their customers to tour the area and exercise while waiting for their recreational vehicles to be serviced. Plantation Road hotel owners are frequently asked by their guests for jogging routes. The sidewalks, shared use paths and greenway connectivity will provide desirable routes for hotel guests to exercise while staying in Hollins. Additionally, youth sports teams often stay at these hotels for tournaments held at Walrond Park. The new pedestrian infrastructure proposed will enable athletes to easily walk to the fields as well as to nearby restaurants for meals. Regional retailers Gander Mountain and Camping World are major destinations not only for Roanoke Valley shoppers, but also for motorists traveling Interstate 81. The combination of sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian-scaled lighting and enhanced landscaping will encourage these travelers to look beyond these retailers to see what Hollins has to offer. This project is fully expected to encourage new commercial and industrial development in the Plantation Road area, thus providing new tax revenue and new jobs for Roanoke County. Streetscape improvements have also been shown to stimulate investment in adjacent properties.

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Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application

Conformance with Adopted Plans and Regulations The proposed Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements are specifically intended to implement several strategies identified in many regional planning documents. Hollins Area Plan This project begins to satisfy several implementation strategies identified in the Hollins Area Plan adopted by the Board of Supervisors in November, 2008: 1. Construct and install streetscape improvements (sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, signage, street furniture, etc.) throughout the study area. 2. Incorporate bicycle lanes along Williamson Road and Plantation Road where feasible. 3. Expand transit opportunities to the study area when and where feasible. 4. Improve the pedestrian crosswalks at Plantation Road and Williamson Road. As identified in the above implementation strategies, the proposed improvements planned for Plantation Road are also anticipated for Williamson Road between the Botetourt County Line and Peters Creek Road (Route 117). 2005 Roanoke County Community (Comprehensive) Plan The Hollins Area Plan is a component of the 2005 Roanoke County Community (Comprehensive) Plan, a document required by the Commonwealth of Virginia and adopted by the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. The Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint for the future growth and development of Roanoke County and encourages a wide variety of commercial and industrial businesses along Plantation Road. Roanoke County Zoning Ordinance The zoning designations for parcels located on and adjacent to Plantation Road are primarily C-2, General Commercial District, and I-1, Low-Intensity Industrial District. Per the Roanoke County Zoning Ordinance, the C-2 district allows for a wide variety of retail and service-related uses and the I1 district permits less intensive industrial activities in areas unsuitable for more intensive or potentially hazardous industrial uses. 2005 Bikeway Plan This project also completes portions of two bikeway routes identified in the 2005 Bikeway Plan for the Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. The Bikeway Plan shows the Plantation Road bicycle lanes as Priority alignments and the shared use trails along Walrond Drive and Enon Drive as Vision alignments. A connection will also be made to the unconstructed Vision alignment along Williamson Road.

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Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application “Corridors comprising the Priority List will form the foundation of a bikeway system in the RVAMPO… In developing the Priority List, corridors were selected in each locality that connect and incorporate the greenway and transit systems, activity centers, and other points of interest… Vision List corridors support the framework of the Priority List and fill in any gaps in connectivity.” 2005 Bikeway Plan for the Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, 14 VDOT Policy for Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations The pedestrian and bicycle lane improvements planned are also supported by the Virginia Department of Transportation Policy for Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations that endorses bicycling and walking as fundamental travel modes and integral components of en efficient transportation network. 2007 Update to the Roanoke Valley Greenway Plan The shared-use trail proposed along the length of Friendship Lane will connect to a planned segment of the Tinker Creek Greenway to be located on Hollins University’s campus. The Tinker Creek Greenway is identified as a Priority #2 greenway in the 2007 Update to the Roanoke Valley Greenway Plan, a joint effort between the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission and the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission. The Tinker Creek Greenway will ultimately connect the Roanoke River Greenway to the extensive network of established trails at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve by way of Roanoke City, the Town of Vinton, Roanoke County and Botetourt County. 2004 Hollins University Master Plan The 2004 Hollins University Master Plan also references and endorses the proposed regional greenway connection through Hollins University property.

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Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application C.2.

Project Usefulness and/or Benefit

Provides new bicycle/pedestrian facilities where none exist The existing Plantation Road transportation infrastructure is comprised of a five-lane-wide road section. New proposed infrastructure includes bicycle lanes along both sides of Plantation Road and sidewalks along most of the west side and portions of the east side of Plantation Road. New shared use trails proposed for the northern side of Walrond Drive and the western side of Enon Drive both to connect to Roanoke County’s Walrond Park. Another new shared use trail is planned for the northern side of Friendship Lane to connect with the proposed Hollins University segment of the Tinker Creek Greenway which will ultimately extend from the Roanoke River Greenway to an existing and extensive network of trails at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve.

Provides connectivity within the existing transportation network The combination of proposed bicycle lanes, sidewalks, shared-use trails and pedestrian crossings will locally connect bicyclists and pedestrians to Walrond Park, to surrounding residential neighborhoods, to Plantation Road businesses and to the Hollins University segment of the Tinker Creek Greenway. The proposed pedestrian signalization at the Williamson Road intersection will also provide a connection to existing sidewalks located along portions of Williamson Road. Regionally, once the Tinker Creek Greenway is completed, this proposed transportation network will connect to the Roanoke River Greenway. The first route priority for implementation in the 2007 Update to the Roanoke Valley Conceptual Greenway Plan, the Roanoke River Greenway will ultimately extend along the Roanoke River from the western side of Roanoke County through the City of Salem, the City of Roanoke, the Town of Vinton and back through the eastern side of Roanoke County. Outside the scope of this application, staff has considered bus service via either Valley Metro (the regional bus system) or through the Smart Way bus which is a shuttle service that connects Blacksburg and Virginia Tech to key locations in the New River and Roanoke Valleys. Hollins University, Wachovia and area hotels have expressed interest in extending bus service to the Hollins area for students, employees and tourists to utilize. If Valley Metro bus service is extended to the area, bus stops and shelters will be situated at strategic locations along Plantation Road. Additionally, the project area is ideal for a new Park and Ride lot. Wachovia has been asked to consider designating a portion of their parking lot accessed off of Friendship Lane for a future Park and Ride lot. If a Park and Ride lot is established in this location, the planned shared-use trail along Friendship Lane will provide a multimodal connection to the Park and Ride lot.

Environmental air quality benefit via alternate transportation Page 6


Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application When the proposed sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, pedestrian signalization and shared use trails are complete, reduced vehicle trips and therefore reduced vehicle emissions are anticipated due to the expected increase in pedestrian and bicycle trips. Reduced vehicle emissions will lead to air quality improvements.

Tourism/Education benefit Executives at nearby Camping World on Gander Way anticipate the completion of these improvements. Pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to the Tinker Creek Greenway and Walrond Park, in particular, would allow their customers to tour the area and exercise while waiting for their recreational vehicles to be serviced. Plantation Road hotel owners are frequently asked by their guests for jogging routes. The sidewalks, shared use paths and greenway connectivity will provide desirable routes for hotel guests to exercise while staying in Hollins. Additionally, youth sports teams often stay at these hotels for tournaments held at Walrond Park. The new pedestrian infrastructure proposed will enable athletes to easily walk to the fields as well as to restaurants for meals. Regional retailers Gander Mountain and Camping World are major destinations not only for Roanoke Valley shoppers, but also for motorists traveling Interstate 81. The combination of sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian-scaled lighting and enhanced landscaping will encourage these travelers to look beyond these retailers to see what Hollins has to offer.

Beautification/Revitalization of existing transportation network Several aesthetic features are proposed for the Plantation Road corridor. Street trees will be planted on the western side of Plantation Road spaced 50 feet apart and located between the new curb and sidewalk in a six-foot-wide grass strip. Historic, acorn-style, pedestrian-scaled lighting will also be spaced 50 feet apart, staggered with the street trees, and will be placed two feet behind the sidewalk. A three-foot-wide grass strip will be provided on the eastern side of Plantation Road where sidewalk will be installed. A “Welcome to Hollins� gateway sign with associated large evergreen shrubs, small flowering shrubs, a small tree and groundcover will be located ahead of the southbound curve in Plantation Road at the end of McConnell Road. Landscaped medians including small deciduous trees and small shrubs will replace selected sections of the center lane. Landscaping will also supplement and draw attention to the two planned pedestrian crossings. The existing landscaping on the northern side of the Williamson Road intersection will be supplemented with small shrubs and small trees. The existing landscaping located where the Interstate 81 on- and off-ramps meet Plantation Road will also be enhanced with small trees and small shrubs. The stormwater ditch located along portions of both sides of Plantation Road will be piped and replaced with curb and gutter to direct stormwater runoff.

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Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application The aesthetic additions including street trees, landscaping, pedestrian-scaled lighting and a Hollins gateway sign will contribute to an overall sense of place as “Hollins” and not just “Exit 146.”

Health Benefits These proposed improvements will promote healthy habits by permitting employees to walk and bike for their health, to walk and bike to restaurants for lunch and to walk and bike to and from work. Hotel guests and residents will also be able to walk and bike to nearby businesses and to walk and bike for recreation.

Primary Users The primary users of the proposed bicycle, pedestrian and streetscape improvements will be the Hollins Community. This community includes Plantation Road employees, area residents, hotel guests and tourists, Walrond Park patrons, greenway patrons (once the Hollins University segment of the greenway is constructed), the Hollins University community and Hollins Manor residents.

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Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application C.3.

Amenities/Support Facilities

Support Facilities Recent amendments to the Roanoke County Zoning Ordinance promote bicycle accommodations on private property. For example, in parking lots with more than 50 parking spaces, one bicycle parking space must be provided for every 20 automobile parking spaces. Additionally, if extra bicycle parking spaces are provided over the requirement, automobile parking spaces may be reduced. Bicycle racks must also be provided for all bicycle parking areas. Other Zoning Ordinance regulations pertaining to private parking lots involve mass transit. The required number of parking spaces may be reduced with the approval of a mass transportation or alternative transportation plan; if the property is located in close proximity to an existing or planned mass transit station; or if the property is located along a corridor served by mass transit. Both the bicycle and mass transit regulations will affect all new commercial and industrial development as well as some building and site modifications. As several properties on Plantation Road are ready to be developed or redeveloped, these bicycle accommodations will soon be visible on private property in the project area.

ADA Access The pedestrian network of sidewalks, shared-use trails and pedestrian crossings is proposed to be ADA accessible with handicapped ramps where the sidewalks and trails cross side streets and business entrances. Two at-grade pedestrian crossings are also planned. The proposed sidewalks and shared use trails will meet ADA standards of 8.33 percent or less grade. The sidewalk width is proposed at 5-feet-wide and the shared use trail width is planned at 10-feet-wide.

Multiple Modes of Access The existing Plantation Road transportation infrastructure is comprised of a five-lane-wide road section. New proposed infrastructure includes bicycle lanes along both sides of Plantation Road and sidewalks along most of the west side and portions of the east side of Plantation Road. New shared use trails proposed for the northern side of Walrond Drive and the western side of Enon Drive both to connect to Walrond Park. Another new shared use trail is planned for the northern side of Friendship Lane to connect with the proposed Hollins University segment of the Tinker Creek Greenway which will ultimately extend from the Roanoke River Greenway to an existing and extensive network of trails at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve. Outside the scope of this application, staff has considered bus service via either Valley Metro (the regional bus system) or through the Smart Way bus which is a shuttle service that connects Blacksburg and Virginia Tech to key locations in the New River and Roanoke Valleys. Hollins

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Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application University, Wachovia and area hotels have expressed interest in extending bus service to the Hollins area for students, employees and visitors to utilize. Additionally, the project area is ideal for a new Park and Ride lot. Wachovia has been asked to consider designating a portion of their parking lot accessed off of Friendship Drive for a future Park and Ride lot. When implemented as proposed the area will provide pedestrian, bicycle and bus accommodations.

Safety Considerations Safety features proposed as part of this project include four opportunities for new pedestrian crossings. Two existing signalized intersections at Gander Way/Friendship Lane and at Williamson Road are planned for pedestrian signalization upgrades. Two at-grade pedestrian crossings are also planned to span Plantation Road between ITT and Double Envelope/BSC Ventures, as well as between Wachovia and Sunnybrook Garage. These four crossings will enable pedestrians of varying abilities to safely cross Plantation Road at convenient locations. Historic, acorn-style, pedestrian-scaled lights are proposed to parallel the sidewalk on the western side of Plantation Road. Pedestrian safety will be enhanced by lighting the sidewalk. Planned grass strips and associated curbing will also increase safety by further separating pedestrians from vehicle traffic. The grass strip on the western side of Plantation Road paralleling the sidewalk will measure six feet wide with street trees included. The eastern grass strip next to the sidewalk will measure three feet wide and will not include street trees.

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Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application C.4.

Educational/Historical

Historic Significance The Green Ridge Baptist Church was located on Plantation Road many years ago. The Green Ridge Cemetery remains on Plantation Road to the south of Milk-A-Way Drive with 113 interments. Several headstones can still be identified in the 105-year-old cemetery. It is not anticipated that this proposed project will directly impact the cemetery. Hollins University, a nearby four-year, female university located on Williamson Road, is located on the site of the former Botetourt Springs Resort. Established in 1820 and closed in 1839, the resort included a hotel and cottages. Documented guests included Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay and John H.B. Latrobe of Baltimore. The property was sold and the Roanoke Female Seminary opened and subsequently closed in 1842. The property was sold again in 1842 and the Valley Union Education Society of Virginia was established. In 1846 under the direction of Dr. Charles Lewis Cocke the school began to prosper and in 1852 the school was opened only to girls. The name of the school changed to Hollins Institute in 1855, to Hollins College in 1910 and to Hollins University in 1998. One of only seven Roanoke County listings on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), the Hollins College Quadrangle District was added to the NRHP and to the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) in 1974. The Quadrangle District includes six structures on the main campus: Botetourt Hall (1890), Bradley Hall (1890), Charles Cocke Memorial Library (1908), East Building (1856-1858), Main Building (1861) and West Building (1890 and 1900).

Historic District Influence In addition to the Hollins College Quadrangle District, 18 other structures on the Hollins University campus were identified in a 1991 Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) architectural survey of Roanoke County structures. Most of these 18 structures were constructed between 1900 and 1920 and were noted in the survey as being in good or excellent condition. One of these structures and the oldest structure on campus, the Springhouse (1830 to 1850), was originally constructed to serve the Botetourt Springs Resort. As a collection these structures have great importance. The Hollins Area Plan recommends as an implementation strategy expanding the established NRHP and VLR Hollins College Quadrangle District to include as many of the 18 structures identified by the DHR architectural survey as possible. To protect these historic structures, the Hollins Area Plan encourages as an implementation strategy establishing a Hollins University Historic District to encompass the main Hollins University campus and the frontage parcels of Williamson Road spanning from Botetourt County to Plantation Road. This proposed Historic District would have an Architectural Review Board that would encourage the use of characteristics from existing historic development in renovations, rehabilitations and new development on the Hollins University campus and along Williamson Road. Page 11


Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application The Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvement Project will directly abut the planned Hollins University Historic District. The proposed Plantation Road amenities will enhance the appearance of and will improve the overall proposed Historic District and, when similar bicycle, pedestrian and streetscape amenities are completed along Williamson Road, will tie seamlessly together to create a continuous bicycle and pedestrian network with accompanying street trees, landscaping and pedestrian lighting.

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Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application C.5.

Project Resources

Financial Support The 20 percent match required for the Transportation Enhancement Program will come from a combination of sources. Roanoke County is extremely fortunate to have several talented staff members capable of engineering and designing all phases of this project. Roanoke County does not anticipate having to hire any outside expertise for engineering or design work. The staff hours spent working on this project will count towards the required Roanoke County match and the intention is that any awarded funds will go solely towards construction costs. Roanoke County is also capable of performing grant administration, deed preparation, title work and plat creation for right-of-way acquisition. Other in-kind services Roanoke County can contribute include construction management and construction inspections. The balance of the match funding will come from the Roanoke County Economic Development Authority and from Roanoke County Department of Economic Development Public Private Partnership funds. In addition to the Transportation Enhancement Funding requested, construction funding may be provided through the Roanoke County Capital Improvement Program and possibly through the Virginia Department of Transportation Revenue Sharing Funds (if the program continues.) Private monetary and right-of-way contributions from area businesses are also anticipated.

Preliminary Engineering Several of the included project components were first identified as implementation strategies in the Hollins Area Plan, an area study completed by Roanoke County staff and adopted by the Board of Supervisors in November, 2008. A detailed Concept Plan for all three phases is included in this application to show the location of and extent of the improvements proposed in the context of the existing businesses and neighborhood. The Concept Plan was also used as the foundation for the Project Budget.

Property Acquisition As all of the proposed improvements must be located within public right-of-way, acquisition of 1.28 acres of right-of-way involving 17 parcels is necessary for completion of this project. The estimated value of the acreage using 2009 Real Estate Valuation Department land values is $28,863.45 dollars. Twelve of these parcels are located in Phase 1 and five parcels are located in Phase 2. No right-ofway is needed for Phase 3. Roanoke County anticipates that property owners will donate the necessary right-of-way for this project which will also count towards the required Roanoke County match.

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Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application

Project Completion The $676,695.62 dollar 2010-2011 funding request will satisfy part of Phase 1. The entire project is comprised of three phases; therefore, this funding request will not complete the proposed project.

Local Support Roanoke County staff met with 13 businesses along the Plantation Road corridor to present the proposed project and to solicit input. Most of these businesses were enthusiastic about the plans and several businesses wrote letters of support for the application (see Section 5.) County staff also met with and received letters of support from the Hollins University President, Nancy Gray, and the Williamson Road Area Business Association, a local group of Williamson Road business owners. The Roanoke County Economic Development Authority and the Roanoke County Planning Commission, both advisory boards to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, were also briefed on the proposed project. Both boards strongly support the Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvement plans and submitted letters of support to this effect. The Economic Development Authority has also pledged a significant portion of the Roanoke County match funds. Three surveys were conducted in Spring, 2008, as part of the Hollins Area Plan. One survey was distributed to 799 Hollins University students, another was directed to 377 Hollins University faculty, staff and administration employees and the third was mailed to 507 property owners within and around the Hollins Study Area (Plantation Road from Interstate 81 to Williamson Road, Williamson Road from Botetourt County to about Peters Creek Road, and Peters Creek Road from Williamson Road to Deer Branch Road.) The Hollins University student survey (with a 31 percent response rate) provided information about bicyclists. Of the bicyclists who completed the survey, 47 percent responded that they do ride their bicycles on area roads. When asked if these bicyclists would ride to their destinations on area roads if bicycle lanes were provided, most of the respondents answered yes (87 percent.) Also with a survey response rate of 31 percent, Hollins University faculty, staff and administration employees were asked the same questions. Of the bicyclists who took the survey, 61percent answered that they ride their bicycles on area roads and 93 percent responded that they would ride their bicycles to their destinations if bicycle lanes were provided on area roads. With a response rate of 13 percent, the Hollins Community Survey asked specific questions related to desired infrastructure improvements. The following chart summarizes the number of responses by feature to the question, “What kinds of improvements would you like to see along Plantation Road (from I-81 to Williamson Road)? Check all that apply�.

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Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application

Hollins Community Survey

The proposed Plantation Road improvements incorporate seven of the top eight responses with street trees, landscaped medians, sidewalks, a community sign, improved crosswalks with pedestrian signals, improved pedestrian lighting and bicycle lanes. Roanoke County staff created a Transportation Survey for Plantation Road employees to complete to determine the potential usability of proposed bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Questions about bus service were also asked. Of the 224 Plantation Road Transportation Surveys received, 98 percent were completed by ITT employees. Other represented employers include McDonald’s, Honeytree Learning Center and Shell. When asked “Would you ride your bicycle to work if bicycle lanes were provided along Plantation Road?” nearly 27 percent of bicycle owners responded “yes” with an additional 15 percent responding “maybe.” Of these respondents, slightly less than 10 percent would ride their bicycle to work daily and nearly 35 percent indicated that they would ride their bicycle to work several times a week. Slightly more than 10 percent of respondents that live within walking distance of their work indicated that they would walk to work at least one day per week if pedestrian accommodations like sidewalks, crosswalks, trails and greenways were provided. An additional 9 percent responded that they might walk to work if pedestrian accommodations were provided.

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Plantation Road Bicycle, Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements County of Roanoke, Virginia Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Transportation Enhancement Program Application When asked “If sidewalks and crossings are provided along Plantation Road, would you walk to lunch and/or walk for exercise during your lunch break?” over half of the respondents indicated that they would use these features if provided. An additional 27 percent of respondents selected “maybe” and only 20 percent indicated that they would not use these features during their lunch breaks. Relating to mass transportation opportunities, when asked the question, “Would you consider using the Smart Way Bus or other bus service such as Valley Metro if frequent and convenient service was provided within a block of your workplace?” 23 percent indicated that they would ride the Smart Way bus and almost 20 percent indicated they would consider using another bus service if it was provided frequently and conveniently within a block of their workplace. 60 percent of respondents indicated that they would not ride the bus. Respondents were able to select more than one choice. The enthusiasm for the proposed improvements is evident through letters of support from area businesses, Hollins University, the Williamson Road Area Business Association, the Roanoke County Economic Development Authority and the Roanoke County Planning Commission. Supporting survey results from Hollins University students, faculty, staff and administration employees, Hollins area residents as well as Plantation Road employees show that proposed bicycle and pedestrian improvements will be utilized by the Hollins University community as well as by area residents and employees.

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EDA

Billy Branch , Chairm an (540) 774 - 1208

Economic Development Authority of Roanoke County, Virginia

E. Douglas Chittum, Secretary Treasurer (540) 772-2069

dchlttum@roanokecoltntyva.gov Edward A. Natt. Counsel (540) 72 5 -8180

October 28, 2009

B. Clayton Goodman, lll, County Administrator 5204 Bernard Drive P.O Box 29800 Roanoke, Virginia 24018 Dear Mr. Goodman: Please accept this letter of support for the Roanoke County Office of Community Development's application fo r Federal funds under the SAFETEA-LU program to improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities as well as to improve the appearance, safety and functionality of the Plantation Road area. This area currently is the largest employment base in the county with 4,000+ jobs, 400 hotel rooms with two new hotels plaJUled, a new retail center anchored by a several national tenants and has close proximity to Hollins University and established residential neighborhoods. We feel thi s enhancement will encourage new commercial development opportunities as well as promote the redevelopment of older obsolete structures. It will also provide cOl'll1ectivity to parks, greenways, businesses and residential areas. This type of conunercial gateway enhancement is an important role of the county, and we are pleased to see progress on this initiative. The Economic Development Authority met on October 21, 2009 and unanimously agreed to support tlus effort to enhance the public's traveling experience, promote conununity revitali zation, and produce cOlUlectivity tlu'oughout the project area thus improving the quality of life of our citizens. Thank you for your consideration of thi s application. Sincerely, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

M~ Bill Branch, Chair Steve Musselwhite, Vice-Chair Greg Apostolou, Member Woody Windley, Member Alan Robinson, Member Carole Brackman, Member Anthony Conner, Member

P.O. Box 29800. 5204 Bernard Drive. Roanoke. VA 240 18 . (540) 772-2069 FAX (540) 772-2030

www.roanokeCowltyva.gov / econ dcv


Williamson Road Area Business Association P.O. Box 5892 ~ 4804 Williamson Road, NW -c-Roanoke, VA 24012路0892

November 6, 2009

B. Clayton Goodman, III County Administrator 5204 Bernard Drive PO Box 29800 Roanoke, VA 24018

RE:

Plantation Road Transportation

Enhancement Program Application

Dear Mr. Goodman,

The purpose of this letter is to the support of the Williamson

Road Area Business Association's (WRABA)

board unanimous support for the Plantation Road Transportation and to support Roanoke County's application

Enhancement Program Application

for the SAFETEA-LUfederal funds.

Plantation Road is densely populated with businesses which constitute in the County.

the highest concentration

This not only appears to be trending up, it also provides opportunities

engineer the corridor for revitalization

and quality of life improvements.

the plans for this area and support the pedestrian improvements for those crossing from their workplaces to the restaurants.

Please use our letter of support for your application this wonderful

to properly

WRABA has seen and reviewed

such as crosswalks and landing islands

We also support the improvements

road that will improve safety and travel in the area, the land and streetscaping, general positive welcome appearance the improvements

of jobs

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historic lighting and the

will give to the area.

and feel free to contact us for further support on

project!

Sincerely,

Executive Director

FAX (540) 362路5789 ~ EMAIL wraba@roava.net

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~BUS (540) 362路3293


~ GANDERMTN: WE LIVE OUTDOORS

October 28, 2009

Re : Plantation Road Transportation Enhancement Program

To Whom It May Concern: This is a letter of Support of the Plantation Road Transportation Enhancement Program. We here at Gander Mountain think this would be a great opportunity to bring more businesses to the area, as well as enhancing the transportation gateway. This very convenient location is very under utilized with services like restaurants and retail. This investment will help grow these services, helping drive a larger tax base and services for the community. As we are I of 3 businesses on Gander Way, we have noticed that many passersby use our parking lot as a "Park-n-Ride" facility for many things, such as groups meeting for golf trips, hunting excursions, hiking/kayak trips, or just simply a meeting spot to go shopping. We feel that by improving the non-motorized transportation, it will bring more locals and visitors to the area for recreational health activities. This will make the Plantation Road Area a Key Target spot for new businesses to expand in this area. By creating crosswalks, bike trails, and sidewalks for the local area businesses, this will help improve the environment by cutting back on the vehicle emissions in the air. Many employees enjoy being outside and getting exercise on their lunch break rather then going to a gym, or just driving up the road to a fast food place. Making this a healthier environment for all is a definite plus.

Sincerely,

Randy Bronson Store Manager Gander Mountain #343

8195 Gander Way • Roanoke, VA 24019' Phone 540-362-3658' Fax 540-563-3745

www.gandermountain.com


Plantation Road Transportation Survey  Thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey! Roanoke County wants to find out with this survey how planned pedestrian, bicycle and potential mass-transit improvements to the Plantation Road area from Interstate 81 to Williamson Road (Route 11) will be utilized by area employees. You may also fill this survey out online through Survey Monkey at www.roanokecountyva.gov/hap. Please complete, fold, tape, and mail the survey to Roanoke County by November 13th, 2009.

Section 1: Work Schedule  

1. Who do you work for? (Please circle one) BSC Ventures/Double Envelope Camping World Carpetland USA Country Inn and Suites Days Inn El Rodeo Exxon Fairfield Inn Gander Mountain

Hampton Inn Honeytree Learning Centers ITT McDonald’s Shell Sunnybrook Garage Tractor Supply Company Wachovia/Wells Fargo

2. What day(s) do you work from the Plantation Road location (not telecommuting)? (Please circle all that apply) Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 3. What are your typical working hours? (Please round to the closest hour) Arrive __________

  Section 2: Commuting 

Leave __________

 

4. For your average work week, how do you most often get to work? (Please circle one) Car (drive alone) Car (carpool) Bicycle Walk

Bus Taxi Other (please specify)

5. How long does it typically take you to get to work from home? __________ Minutes/Hours


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Section 3: Bus Service  Currently there is no bus service available to Plantation Road in Roanoke County. The closest Valley Metro bus route runs along Plantation and Hershberger Roads in Roanoke City. The closest Smart Way bus stop is located at Roanoke Regional Airport. Did you know that a Valley Metro ride costs only $1.50 and the buses have bicycle racks available? You can find bus stops and routes here: www.valleymetro.com/schedules.htm. Did you know that a Smart Way bus ride costs only $3 and the buses are equipped with WiFi? You can find bus stops and routes here: www.smartwaybus.com/busmap.htm. 6. Would you consider using the Smart Way Bus or other bus service such as Valley Metro if frequent and convenient service was provided within a block of your workplace? (Please check all that apply) ____ Yes, I would ride the Smart Way Bus (Please skip to Question #8) ____ Yes, I would ride another bus service (Please skip to Question #8) ____ No, I would not ride the bus 7. If you answered “No” to the question above, why would you not ride the bus? (Please check all that apply) ____ I do not live near a Valley Metro bus stop ____ I do not live near or drive close to any Smart Way stops ____ My schedule is not compatible with the Smart Way bus schedule ____ My schedule is not compatible with the Valley Metro bus schedule ____ I need to have flexibility because of my children or other persons I care for ____ The Smart Way fare is too expensive ____ The Valley Metro fare is too expensive ____ The ride takes too long ____ I do not like riding the bus Section 5: Lunch   

8. How do you spend your lunch break? (Please check all that apply) ____ I eat lunch at an area restaurant ____ I pick up lunch from an area restaurant ____ I bring my lunch from home ____ I go home for lunch ____ I run errands ____ I do not take a lunch break ____ Other (please specify) ____________________________________________

   


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9. If you eat out or pick up lunch, where do you go? (Please circle all that apply) Alejandro’s Bojangles Creekside Market Double Dragon El Rodeo Harbor Inn Seafood Hardees Hollywood’s

Kroger Lew’s McDonald’s Subway Watusy’s Wendy’s Other (please specify)

10. If sidewalks and crossings are provided along Plantation Road, would you walk to lunch and/or walk for exercise during your lunch break? (Please check one) ____ Yes ____ Maybe ____ No (Please skip to question #12) 11. If you answered “Yes” or “Maybe” above, where would you walk to?

  Section 6: Walking  Roanoke County is planning to add sidewalk along at least one side of Plantation Road from about Interstate 81 to Williamson Road (Route 11). Pedestrian crossings are also planned. Shared use trails are anticipated to link Plantation Road to Walrond Park and to the planned Hollins Greenway. We are interested to find out if area employees will use these accommodations. 12. If you live within zip codes 24019 or 24020, would you walk to work at least one day per week if pedestrian accommodations (sidewalks, crosswalks, trails, greenways) were provided between your home and your workplace? (Please check one) ____ Yes ____ Maybe ____ No (Please skip to question #14) ____ I do not live in these zip codes (Please skip to question #14) 13. If you answered “Yes” or “Maybe” to the question above, how often would you walk to your workplace? (Please check one) ____ Every workday ____ Several days per week ____ One day per week

____ Several times per month ____ Once a month ____ On occasion  

 


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Section 7: Bicycling  Roanoke County is planning to add striped bicycle lanes along both sides of Plantation Road from close to Interstate 81 to Williamson Road (Route 11). We would like to gauge interest in bicycle lane usage from area employees. 14. Do you own a bicycle? (Please check one) ____ Yes ____ No (Please skip to the end of the survey) 15. If you answered “Yes” to the question above, would you ride your bicycle to work if bicycle lanes were provided along Plantation Road? ____ Yes ____ Maybe ____ No (Please skip to the end of the survey) 16. If you answered “Yes” or “Maybe” to the question above, how often would you ride your bicycle to work? ____ Every workday ____ Several days per week ____ One day per week

Survey End  

____ Several times per month ____ Once a month ____ On occasion

Thank you very much for taking our survey!

Roanoke County 5204 Bernard Drive PO Box 29800 Roanoke, VA 24018

Add  Postage  Here 

Megan Cronise, Principal Planner Roanoke County Department of Community Development P.O. Box 29800 Roanoke, Virginia 24018-0798

   


Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results

Section 1: Work Schedule  1. Who do you work for? Of the 234 Plantation Road Transportation Surveys received, 98.3 percent were completed by ITT employees. Other represented employers include McDonald’s, Honeytree Learning Center and Shell.

Who do you work for? Other

0

Honeytree

1

Sunnybrook Garage

0

El Rodeo

0

Shell

1

Exxon

0

Carpetland USA

0 2

McDonalds Tractor Supply Company

0

Camping World

0

Gander Mountain

0

Days Inn

0

Fairfield Inn

0

Hampton Inn

0

Country Inn and Suites

0

BSC Ventures/Double Envelope

0

Wells Fargo/Wachovia

0 230

ITT

0

50

100

150

200

250

Number of Respondents

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Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results 2. What day(s) do you work from the Plantation Road location (not telecommuting)? Nearly all of the survey respondents work Monday through Friday. Only 12.4 percent indicated that they work from the Plantation Road location on Saturdays and 9.8 percent work on Sundays.

What day(s) do you work from the Plantation Road location  (not telecommuting)? None

1 29

Saturday Friday

222

Thursday

226

Wednesday

230

Tuesday

231

Monday

230 23

Sunday 0

50

100

150

200

250

Number of Respondents

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Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results 3. What are your typcal working hours? The most common working hours of survey respondents are from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. The second most common working hours are from 7am to 6pm.

What are your typical working hours?  7am 6am 5am 4am 3am 2am 1am 12am 11pm 10pm 9pm 8pm 7pm

Arrive

6pm

Leave

5pm 4pm 3pm 2pm 1pm 12pm 11am 10am 9am 8am 0

20

40

60

80

100

120

140

Number of Respondents

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Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results

Section 2: Commuting   4. For your average work week, how do you most often get to work? The majority of those working along this stretch of Plantation Road drive their personal vehicles alone to work. “Other” includes motorcycles and being dropped off at work by a spouse. Alternative methods of transportation such as walking or taking a bus or taxi are not used by survey participants.

For your average work week, how do you most often get to  work? 

Car (drive alone),  93.2%

Car (carpool),  4.7% Bicycle, 0.4% Other, 1.7%

       

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Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results 5. How long does it typically take you to get to work from home? A major factor that influences commuting patterns is the time it takes to travel from home to work. The largest number of survey respondents, 20.9 percent, reported that the commute takes approximately 20 minutes. The second largest number of respondents answered that their commute takes about 15 minutes.

How long does it typically take you to get to work from  home?  1

1 hour 30 minutes

2

1 hour 15 minutes

5

1 hour

12

50 minutes

19

Time

40 minutes

25

30 minutes

33

25 minutes

49

20 minutes 46

15 minutes 30

10 minutes 12

5 minutes 0

5

10

15

20

25

30

35

40

45

50

Number of Respondents

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Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results

Section 3: Bus Service  6. Would you consider using the Smart Way Bus or other bus service such as Valley Metro if frequent and convenient service was provided within a block of your workplace? When asked the question, “Would you consider using the Smart Way Bus or other bus service such as Valley Metro if frequent and convenient service was provided within a block of your workplace?” 59.6 percent of respondents indicated that they would not ride the bus. Twenty-three percent indicated that they would ride the Smart Way bus and almost 20 percent indicated they would consider using another bus service if it was provided frequently and conveniently within a block of their workplace. Respondents were able to select more than one choice.

Would you consider using the Smart Way Bus or other  bus service...?

Yes, I would ride  the Smart Way  Bus, 23.0% No, I would not  ride the bus,  59.6%

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Yes, I would ride  another bus  service, 17.4%

 


Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results 7. If you answered “No” to the question above, why would you not ride the bus? For respondents answering that they would not ride the bus, the most common reason is that they do not live near a Smart Way or Valley Metro bus stop (74.7 percent and 63.3 percent, respectively). Other reasons indicate a need for flexibility that would not be met by riding the bus; for example, the need to pick children up from school or an activity or work hours are not compatible with bus schedules.

If you answered "No" to the question above, why would you  not ride the bus?

19.6%

I do not like riding the bus

11.4%

The ride takes too long

The Valley Metro fare is too expensive

2.5%

The Smart Way fare is too expensive

1.9%

I need to have flexibility because of my children or other persons I  care for

29.7%

My schedule is not compatible with the Valley Metro bus  schedule

22.8%

24.7%

My schedule is not compatible with the Smart Way Bus schedule

63.3%

I do not live near or drive close to any Smart Way stops

74.7%

I do not live near a Valley Metro bus stop

80%

70%

60%

50%

40%

30%

20%

 

10%

0%

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Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results

Section 5: Lunch  8. How do you spend your lunch break? Respondents were asked to identify all of the ways in which they spent their lunch break. The most popular response was “I bring my lunch from home” by 70.5 percent of the respondents. Eating lunch at or picking lunch up from an area restaurant were the next most popular way in which respondents spent their lunch breaks. Other answers not included in the graph include walking outside for exercise and visiting Walrond Park.

How do you spend your lunch break?  

I eat lunch at an area restaurant 6.0% 3.8% I pick up lunch from an area  restaurant

44.0%

40.2%

I bring my lunch from home 22.6%

41.5%

70.5%

I go home for lunch I run errands I do not take a lunch break Other

     

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Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results 9. If you eat out or pick up lunch, where do you go? Most survey respondents who eat out or pick up lunch answered that they go to Subway (138 respondents), Wendy’s (102 respondents), McDonald’s (98 respondents) and Hollywood’s (94 respondents). Subway, Wendy’s and Hollywood’s are located on Williamson Road while McDonald’s is situated at Plantation Road and Interstate 81.

If you eat out or pick up lunch, where do you go?  33

Double Dragon

59

Bojangles

102

Wendy's 36

Hardees 16

Harbor Inn Seafood

70

Kroger

138

Subway 12

Creekside Market

94

Hollywood's 57

Lew's 1

Watusy's

70

El Rodeo

98

McDonald's 73

Other Restaurant 0

20

40

60

80

100

120

140

Number of Responses

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Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results 10. If sidewalks and crossings are provided along Plantation Road, would you walk to lunch and/or walk for exercise during your lunch break? When asked “If sidewalks and crossings are provided along Plantation Road, would you walk to lunch and/or walk for exercise during your lunch break?” over half of the respondents (52.6 percent) indicated that they would use these features if provided. An additional 26.9 percent of respondents selected “maybe” and only 20percent indicated that they would not use these features during their lunch breaks.

If sidewalks and crossings are provided along Plantation Road,  would you walk to lunch and/or walk for exercise during your  lunch break?

Maybe, 26.9% Yes, 52.6% No, 20.5%

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Section 6: Walking  11. If you answered “Yes” or “Maybe” above, where would you walk to? The respondents who answered “yes” or “maybe” to Question 10 were also asked to what destination they would walk. Of the 144 open-ended responses, a majority of the respondents indicated a desire to walk between ITT buildings on opposing sides of Plantation Road, to Walrond Park and to nearby restaurants (those listed in Question 9). Other responses include walking to and through nearby neighborhoods for exercise, to Williamson Road, to and around Hollins University, to Gander Mountain and to Camping World.

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Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results 12. If you live within zip codes 24019 or 24020, would you walk to work at least one day per week if pedestrian accommodations (sidewalks, crosswalks, trails, greenways) were provided between your home and your workplace? Slightly over 10 percent of respondents that live within walking distance of their work indicated that they would walk to work at least one day per week if pedestrian accommodations like sidewalks, crosswalks, trails and greenways were provided. An additional nine percent responded that they might walk to work if pedestrian accommodations were provided. Several participants (7.7 percent) stated that they would not walk to work. Most survey respondents (73.1 percent) do not live within walking distance of their work.

If you live within zip codes 24019 or 24020, would you walk  to work at least one day per week if pedestrian  accommodations (sidewalks, crosswalks, trails, greenways)  were provided between your home and your workplace? 

10.3% 7.7% 9.0%

Yes No

73.1%

Maybe I do not live in these zip codes

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Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results 13. If you answered “Yes” or “Maybe” to the question above, how often would you walk to your workplace? Almost one-third of respondents (32.6 percent) who answered that they would or might walk to work also answered that they would walk several days per week. About 30 percent responded that they would walk on occasion.

If you answered "Yes" or "Maybe" to the question above, how  often would you walk to your workplace?

30.4%

On occasion

0.0%

Once a month

13.0%

Several times per month

15.2%

One day per week

32.6%

Several days per week

8.7%

Every workday 0%

5%

10%

15%

20%

25%

30%

35%

Percentage of Respondents

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Section 7: Bicycling  14. Do you own a bicycle? Over half of survey respondents (55.1 percent) answered that they do own a bicycle while 44.9 percent of respondents do not own a bicycle.

Do you own a bicycle? 

No, 44.9% Yes, 55.1%

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Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results 15. If you answered “Yes” to the question above, would you ride your bicycle to work if bicycle lanes were provided along Plantation Road? When asked “Would you ride your bicycle to work if bicycle lanes were provided along Plantation Road?” nearly 27 percent of bicycle owners responded “Yes” with an additional 14.9 percent responding “Maybe.” Of these respondents, nearly 35 percent indicated that they would ride their bicycle to work several times a week and slightly less than 10 percent would ride their bicycle to work daily.

If you answered "Yes" to the question above, would you ride  your bicycle to work if bicycle lanes were provided along  Plantation Road? 

Maybe, 14.9%

Yes, 26.9%

No, 58.2%

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Plantation Road Transportation Survey Results 16. If you answered “Yes” or “Maybe” to the question above, how often would you ride your bicycle to work? Of the respondents who answered that they would or might ride their bicycle to work if bicycle lanes were provided, over one-third (34.5 percent) would ride their bicycles several days per week. Many respondents (24.1 percent) would ride to work on occasion and almost 21 percent (20.7 percent) answered that they would ride several times per month. About nine percent (8.6 percent) of respondents answered that they would ride every work day and another 8.6 percent answered that they would ride one day per week.

If you answered "Yes" or "Maybe" to the question above, how  often would you ride your bicycle to work? 

24.1%

On occasion

3.4%

Once a month

20.7%

Several times per month

8.6%

One day per week

34.5%

Several days per week

8.6%

Every workday

0%

5%

10%

15%

20%

25%

30%

35%

Percentage of Respondents

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Roanoke County Plantation Road Transportation Enhancement Program Presentation

11/24/2009

Plantation Road Transportation Enhancement Program Application Board of Supervisors Public Hearing November 17, 2009

Project Scope Plantation Road (Rt 115) from Interstate 81 to Williamson ll Road d (US Rt 11) • • •

• •

Largest employment base in the County (4,000+ jobs) 400 hotel rooms with two new hotels planned Numerous commercial development opportunities (new and redevelopment) Interstate access Close to Hollins University (the only four-year university in the County) Roanoke County Community Development

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Project Goals 1. Provide pedestrian accommodations 2. Provide bicycle accommodations 3. Consider mass transit opportunities 4. Improve streetscape 5. Enhance h gateways and d nodes d 6. Consider access management changes Roanoke County Community Development

Hollins Area Plan Implementation Strategies Initiating 4 of 17 strategies : 1.

2.

3. 3 4.

Construct and install streetscape improvements (sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, signage, street furniture, etc.) throughout the study area Incorporate bicycle lanes along Williamson Road and Plantation Road where feasible Expand p transit opportunities pp to the study area when and where feasible Improve the pedestrian crosswalks at Plantation Road and Williamson Road

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Pedestrian Accommodations 1. Sidewalks • •

Western side: id most locations Eastern side: partial

Pedestrian walking past ITT (eastern side)

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Pedestrian Accommodations 2. Pedestrian refuge i l d with islands ith crosswalks

Pedestrian crossing to ITT

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Pedestrian Accommodations 2. Pedestrian refuge islands with crosswalks Pedestrian crosswalk between ITT and BSC Ventures

Pedestrian crosswalk between Wachovia and Sunnybrook Garage

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Pedestrian Accommodations 3. Pedestrian signals at signalized intersections • •

Gander G d W Way/Friendship /F i d hi Lane L Williamson Road

Gander Way/Friendship Lane Intersection (Northbound)

Williamson Road Intersection (Southbound)

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Bicycle Accommodations 1. Bicycle lanes along both sides of Plantation Road

Bicyclist riding past ITT

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations 1. Shared-use paths for pedestrians and bicycles along: •

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Walrond and Enon Drives for access to Walrond Park Friendship Lane for access to the greenway

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11/24/2009

Proposed Hollins Greenway •

Segment of the Tinker Creek Greenwayy from Williamson Road to Carvins Cove Natural Reserve Will ultimately connect the Roanoke River Greenway to the trail network at Carvins Cove P i Primarily il llocated t d on H Hollins lli University property

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Mass Transit Opportunities 1. Valley Metro Bus Service? 2 Smart Way Bus Service? 2. 3. Park-and-Ride?

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11/24/2009

Streetscape 1. Street Trees 2. Historic Hi t i P Pedestrian d t i Lighting 3. Benches (possible) 4. Waste Receptacles (possible)

Hollins University

Crystal Spring Streetscape Improvements

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Streetscape Proposed BSC Ventures Streetscape Improvements

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11/24/2009

Streetscape Proposed Wachovia/Wells Fargo Streetscape Improvements

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Gateway/Node Improvements 1. Improve existing landscaping 2. Add new landscaping 3. Gateway sign “Welcome to Hollins� Hollins

Proposed location for sign at end of McConnell Road

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Node Improvements (Williamson)

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Gateway Improvements (I-81)

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Access Management 1. Landscaped Medians: •

Replace R l unneeded d d sections ti off center lane

2. Business Entrances: •

Consider narrowing and/or consolidating entrances

Plantation Road Southbound at Shell

3 Interparcel Connectivity 3. Opportunities Lawn between El Rodeo and Hampton Inn

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Proposed Project Summary (figures approximate)

Total Proposed Cost:

$2.49 million dollars

Proposed 2010 Request:

$724,100 dollars

Proposed Match Needed:

$181,025 dollars

Proposed Funding Sources: 1. In-kind ki d Services i and d potential i l Right-of-Way i h f Donations: i 2. Roanoke County Economic Development Authority 3. Roanoke County Economic Development Dept. Public Private Partnership Funds

$ $71,000 dollars d ll

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11/24/2009

Proposed 2010 Application Visible Improvements: 1. Drainage Improvements, west side (piping ditch, curb, gutter) 2. 5-foot-wide concrete sidewalk, west side 3. Landscaped medians with pedestrian crosswalks

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Outreach Letters of Support Received 1. 2. 3 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Hollins University Roanoke County Economic Development Authority Roanoke County Planning Commission Williamson Road Area Business Association ITT Gander Mountain Camping World

Other Businesses Contacted • • •

Industries: Wachovia, BSC Ventures/Double Envelope H t l Hotels: F i fi ld IInn and Fairfield dS Suites, it H Hampton t IInn, C Country t Inn and Suites, Days Inn Retailers: Tractor Supply, Exxon/Shell, Carpetland USA, El Rodeo, Sunnybrook Garage

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Remaining Application Components 1.

Board of Supervisors Public Hearing and Resolution

2.

Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Endorsement meeting scheduled for November 19th

3.

Application due to VDOT December 1st

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Plantation Road Transportation Enhancement Program Application