There has long been local and regional interest in the development of a shared use path along the historic Three Notched Road. A shared use path following the Three Notched Road is highlighted in the Albemarle County Comprehensive Plan, the Crozet Master Plan, the Jefferson Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, and the most recent Virginia Outdoors Plan. Segments of the shared use path were prioritized in the 2019 update of the Albemarle County Transportation Priorities list.
Despite the public interest in a shared use path along the historic Three Notched Road and its inclusion in multiple plans, there has been no publicly-funded feasibility study at this time.
Albemarle County, in collaboration with local partners, is preparing an application for just over $1 million in RAISE funding to:
Following the completion of this project, Albemarle County staff will identify opportunities – not limited to Transportation Alternatives, Revenue Sharing, Smart Scale, and future rounds of RAISE – to fund construction of the shared use path segments until the entire distance between the Blue Ridge Tunnel and Charlottesville is completed.
The shared use path is generally expected to serve both transportation and recreational purposes, having a significant impact on the safety of vulnerable road users, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving quality of life by increasing opportunities for physical activity and access to nature, and having a positive impact on the local economy.
The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Discretionary Grant program is an opportunity for localities to leverage federal funding for the construction and/or planning of surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. The RAISE program is particularly useful for funding multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional projects that are more difficult to support through traditional DOT programs. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act authorized and appropriated $1.5 billion to be awarded for RAISE 2022.
RAISE grant applications can be submitted for “Capital Funding,” in which right of way can be acquired and construction can proceed. Alternatively, RAISE grant applications can be submitted for “Planning Funding,” in which project planning, preparation, and design can occur, but no right of way acquisition or construction can begin.
RAISE applications are scored on how effectively the project targets the following RAISE program criteria: safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, mobility and community connectivity, economic competitiveness and opportunity, state of good repair, partnership and collaboration, and innovation.
Shared Use Path planning and/or construction projects are eligible for RAISE funding. A shared use path is, typically, a 10’ wide paved path that is physically separated from the motor vehicle travel way and allows bi-directional pedestrian and bicycle traffic.