Small Area Study Program

The SAWMPO Small Area Study program dedicates funding and staff resources to conduct transportation planning studies of regional or local import. This program assists our three member jurisdictions by examining locations that have needs identified in the MPO’s 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan. Projects may vary in the scope or issues studied; however each study is intended to develop recommendations for addressing transportation needs and advance projects from the planning concept to funded construction project stage.

The SAWMPO works with VDOT, DRPT, jurisdictions, consultants, and the community, providing project management and administration, consultant selection, development of project deliverables, and community outreach on the projects.  Project studies may address issues such as:

  • Roadway capacity
  • Safety and operational improvements
  • Bike and pedestrian planning
  • New locations

Recent Studies:



For additional information please contact Ann Cundy, SAWMPO Transportation Program Manager, at 540-885-5174 or via email at