Pedestrian & Bicycle Network- Woodbridge’s Walkability Score is on the Rise

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Residents of the Woodbridge District will soon see another sidewalk in their community. Prince William County recently won a statewide Transportation Alternatives Grant (TAP) in the amount of $568,000 to help fund the design and construction of a $710,000 pedestrian footbridge at Route 1 and Powell’s Creek, just south of Port Potomac Avenue. The project will link sidewalk on both sides of the vehicle bridge and provide a safe crossing away from busy Route 1.

“Almost every day I see pedestrians coming into the travel lanes on Route 1 to cross the creek,” says Supervisor Frank Principi. “These are often women walking with kids and strollers.”

Last fall, approximately 35 gaps or missing links were identified in sidewalks and trails across the Woodbridge District. Local, state, and federal transportation experts came together to prioritize these locations according to safety factors and connectivity to schools, parks, retail, and transit centers.  At the time, they identified $23.3 million through public and private funds to connect the “sidewalks to nowhere” and increase the walkability of the Woodbridge District. Priorities include:

1.      Route 1 at Powell’s Creek Bridge ($710K)
2.      Dale Boulevard from Neabsco Mills Road across Route 1 & down Rippon Boulevard ($1.8M)
3.      Opitz Boulevard from the Wawa to Neabsco Mills Road ($1.5M)
4.      Blackburn Road from Rippon Boulevard to the Cow Branch Bridge ($500K)
5.      Blackburn Road from Reddy Drive to Featherstone Road ($600K)

Final approval of the grant winners went before the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) in July.

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