If you are planning on visiting Williamsburg, Virginia there are lots of changes that will catch your eye. In addition to the massive changes at Midtown Row, the Monticello Multi-Use Trail that was approved by City Council in 2017 is taking shape.

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“Now that the clearing is done, crews are preparing the ground and have already started grading for the multi-use trail,” says City Engineer, Aaron Small. “The high embankment will be cut back, bringing the trail closer to the elevation of the road.

This will provide a much safer sightline for motorists leaving the campus via Compton Drive onto Monticello Avenue.” With the trail nearly the same level as the Monticello Avenue, the multi-use trail will safely cross Compton using a crosswalk. When the project is completed, there will be a green buffer between Monticello Avenue and a 10-foot wide paved and lighted trail. Most importantly, the trail will make pedestrians and bicyclists much safer while traveling along that stretch of road.

Small noted that Compton Drive will be closed during the week of March 9 through 13 (W&M spring break) for pipe installation.

The City of Williamsburg was awarded a $1 million grant for the nearly $1.6 million project. The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board as part of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), a Federal Highway Administration fund geared toward improving pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The City and William & Mary will share the remainder of the cost of project. 

The trail should be completed by the summer of 2020.


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