The City of Roanoke has been selected to receive technical assistance through the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Thriving Communities Program. This program will provide the City with support in community engagement and technical modeling to address safety improvements on Williamson Road.
Williamson Road is an important connector between disadvantaged neighborhoods, activity centers, and businesses in Roanoke. Unfortunately, this corridor has been plagued by the effects of outdated land use planning and urban renewal practices, disinvestment, and inadequate transportation planning. These issues have resulted in safety hazards, vacant businesses, and a decline in economic vitality.
The City of Roanoke is one of 64 communities chosen to share in $21.15 million worth of technical assistance over the next two years. Through this program, the City will strive to build authentic consensus around a vision for the future of Williamson Road that is widely accepted by stakeholders.
“We are thrilled to be chosen for this program and look forward to working with our partners to develop a plan for Williamson Road that meets the needs of all our residents," said City Manager Bob Cowell. "We are confident that this program will help us create a vibrant corridor that can enhance access into downtown and the City's Innovation Corridor, restore connections between adjacent neighborhoods, and enable safe and reliable mobility options."
More information on the USDOT’s Thriving Communities Program can be found at https://www.transportation.gov/grants/thriving-communities.