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Virginia Capital Trail
Virginia Capital Trail is bicycle and pedestrian trail between Williamsburgmarker, Jamestown and Richmondmarker in the Commonwealth of Virginiamarker in the United Statesmarker. It is 54 miles (87 km) in length and largely parallels a highway, Virginia Route 5, a National Scenic Byway.

The trail ranges in width between eight and ten feet (2.4 to 3.0 m), and will be paved throughout its entire length to accommodate all modes of non-motorized land transportation. Trail users will share the new $33.6 million Judith Stewart Dresser Bridgemarker over the Chickahominy Rivermarker with Route 5 motorists, but will use a specially-designed area physically separated from motor vehicles. Portions of the Virginia Capital Trail opened beginning in 2006 and most are planned for completion by 2012.

A unique trail

The name derives from the fact that the trail links the three capitals of the British Colony of Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginiamarker after independence, for a total of over 400 years.

Unlike many rail trail projects which utilize former railroad rights-of-way, no railroad was ever built along this corridor. Instead, the Virginia Capital Trail essentially parallels the north shore of the James River and Virginia Route 5 approximately 54 miles between the two cities, from the Capitolmarker in Colonial Williamsburgmarker through portions of James City Countymarker, Charles City Countymarker, and Henrico Countymarker to the current Virginia State Capitolmarker in Richmond.

The trail will utilize the new Judith Stewart Dresser Bridgemarker which crosses the Chickahominy Rivermarker at the 1634 border of James City and Charles City counties. The $33.6 million fixed span bridge is a replacement for an older movable swing-span bridge. It was specifically designed to include a 10-foot shared-use path (separated from the main roadway by a divider) for the Virginia Capital Trail's users.

Sponsoring agencies

Virginia Capital Trail Foundation (VCTF) is a public-private partnership whose mission is to support and promote the construction, public use and ongoing enhancement of the Virginia Capital Trail. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), a state agency, describes their relationship as "working partners on this unique project."

Sections and schedule for completion

As of July 2008, the Virginia Capital Trail was partially completed and in use. All additional segments were slated for completion by 2012 except two short sections in the Richmond Riverfront area which were still in planning stages.

  • Colonial Parkway Phase (open in Williamsburg and along Colonial Parkwaymarker)
  • Greensprings Phase (3 miles) opened in 2006
  • Chickahominy Phase (5 miles) opened in 2007
  • Sherwood Forest Phase (13.5 miles) – Completion in early 2010
  • Charles City Courthouse Phase (7 miles) – Under construction. Completion in late 2009
  • Randolph Landing Phase (7 miles) – Completion in 2010
  • New Market Heights Phase (12 miles) – Completion in 2012
  • Varina Phase (6-7 miles) – Completion in 2010
  • Richmond Riverfront Phase III (1 mile – TBD; Rockett's section: 2010
  • Richmond Riverfront Phase II (1 mile) – TBD
  • Richmond Riverfront Phase I (1 mile) – Completion in 2009


Noteworthy places on trail or nearby



References

  1. http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/newcaptrail_welcome.asp
  2. http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/richmond/rt._5_bridge_over_the_chickahominy_river.asp
  3. http://www.historicgreenspring.org
  4. http://www.nps.gov/colo/grnspg/gs_pg1.html
  5. http://www.wm.edu/oieahc/uncommon/115/greenspring.htm
  6. http://www.jccegov.com/pdf/bospdfs/bospdfs2006/102406bos/H2_mem.pdf
  7. http://www.sherwoodforest.org
  8. http://www.fortpocahontas.org
  9. http://www.jamesriverplantations.org/Evelynton.html
  10. http://www.northbendplantation.com
  11. http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/jamesriver/pin.htm
  12. http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/jamesriver/edg.htm
  13. http://www.jamesriverplantations.org/Westover.html
  14. http://www.berkeleyplantation.com
  15. http://www.shirleyplantation.com
  16. http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/jamesriver/bel.htm


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