The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is inviting the public to submit comments about a proposed bicyclist and pedestrian improvement project in the Twin Lake/Kensington area of the city. The project would extend a paved 10-foot-wide path along the north side of Lafayette Boulevard between Twin Lake Drive and St. Paul Street. The path would be handicapped-accessible, with ramps and crosswalks built where the path intersects with Twin Lake Drive, Spring Wood Drive, Kensington Place, and St. Paul Street. Additionally, a paved access point would be built to the Virginia Central Railway Trail from the cul-de-sac of Spring Wood Drive. A bike-repair station would be installed at Alum Spring Park, joining the ones already in place at Hurkamp Park, Riverfront Park and Motts Run Reservoir.
An online comment form and project materials are available at https://www.publicinput.com/FXBGpath.
The City of Fredericksburg submitted an application to build this project through Virginia’s SMART SCALE transportation program. At the city’s request, VDOT is administering the preliminary engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction phases of this project. The project is receiving additional funding through the federal Congestion and Mitigation Air Quality Program (CMAQ). The project, currently estimated to cost $2.37 million, would be advertised to potential bidders for construction in November 2023, and would be under construction from early/spring 2024 through November 2024.
This is the latest improvement for Fredericksburg bicyclists. See below for a video about additional improvements, and check out FXBG.com for ideas on biking and hiking in FXBG. Also look for an upcoming post about one local student’s experience touring through FXBG by bike.