March 11, 2019  

Bob Spieldenner  804-524-6179
Media inquiries 804-586-4455

Study will identify a preferred multi-use trail corridor in the Richmond metropolitan region

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is asking for the public to help identify a preferred corridor for a multi-use trail through the metro Richmond region as part of the Ashland to Petersburg Trail study. 

The multi-use trail would accommodate bicyclists, pedestrians and other active transportation users along a corridor through Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties, as well the cities of Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Richmond, and the Town of Ashland. The type of trail could vary depending on location. 

There are two ways the public can learn about the study and provide input. A virtual presentation and survey is available online at, or the public can attend a public information meeting on Tuesday, March 26, from 5-7 p.m. at the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, 1000 North Lombardy Street, Richmond Va. 23220. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be rescheduled for Thursday, March 28 at the same location and time. 

VDOT is seeking public input on active transportation (walking or jogging, biking, and human powered transportation) needs in the study area, as well as help with the identification of potential multi-use trail corridor locations, destinations of interest (such as residential and recreational areas and places of work), and other important criteria for VDOT to consider. 

The public information meeting will be held in an open-house style format with no formal presentation given. VDOT representatives will be present to discuss the study and answer questions. 

Written or verbal comments on the study may be submitted at the meeting or through the virtual presentation. In addition, they may be submitted by mail to Palmer Stearns, Project Manager, 2430 Pine Forest Dr., Colonial Heights, VA 23834 or e-mailed to  Comments must be submitted by April 9, 2019. 

Anyone requiring special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting may contact VDOT’s Civil Rights Division at (804) 524-6091 or TDD/TTY 711.