Richmond Road (US 250) Corridor Study
The Richmond Road Multimodal Corridor Study was completed by Renaissance Planning Group in 2009, in cooperation with Augusta County, the City of Staunton, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Following the completion of the study, the corridor experienced several years of minimal growth resulting from the Great Recession. While new development has increased in recent years, including initial phases at the Staunton Crossing and Frontier Center developments, the traffic growth forecasts associated with the future year analysis within the 2009 study can be considered unrealistic.
Due to the age of the 2009 study, recent development activity, and continual safety concerns along the corridor, the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro MPO and the City of Staunton intend to:
- Consider pedestrian and bicycle accommodations along Richmond Road with connectivity and access between and within Staunton Crossing and Frontier Center; and
- Evaluate safety improvements along the corridor with a focus on the Richmond Road and Frontier Drive intersection.
In March 2019, consultant Kimley-Horn submitted a preliminary set of proposed corridor alternatives and safety and operational benefits of the improvements. Kimley-Horn is developing more detailed plan sheets and cost estimates for the selected set of alternatives. Next steps will be finalizing study recommendations based on public input and comments from the SAWMPO TAC and Policy Board.
On April 10, 2019, an informational open house was held at the City Council Chambers in Staunton City Hall to provide an overview of the proposed alternatives and to gain public input. A presentation of the study was given during the meeting, and is available here: April 10, 2019 SAWMPO Corridor Studies Overview
A one-page summary of the project is also available: Richmond Road Overview