What is the SYIP?

As required by law, the CTB allocates public funds to transportation projects over six-fiscal years, comprising the Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP). Projects include improvements to the interstate, primary, secondary and urban highway systems, public transit, ports and airports and other programs. A presentation on the overview of the current FY 2020-2025 SYIP can be viewed here.

SYIP Process

The CTB updates the SYIP each fiscal year. As revenue estimates are updated, new priorities are identified and existing projects advance. The fiscal year starts July 1 and ends June 30.

Every fall, public meetings are held across the state on project priorities and the SYIP. Public input on projects are taken into consideration as the next update of the SYIP is drafted and presented to the CTB in the spring. Public meetings are held on the draft SYIP and the CTB adopts the final program in June.

FY 2020 (Round 3) SMART SCALE Projects Selected for funding in the HRMPO

Projects recommended for funding in the HRMPO were released shortly after the Spring Public Meeting at Blue Ridge Community College on April 22, 2019. In Harrisonburg, the University Blvd and Evelyn Byrd Avenue Road Diet project will convert from 4 lanes to 2 lanes with a center turn lane. Bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, and bus shelters will be added, and sidewalk connections made to side streets for a total project cost of $3.5 million. The HRMPO’s SMART SCALE application is recommended as well, which will re-align the I-81 Exit 247 SB off-ramp, add a 500-ft acceleration merge lane, and construct a 10-ft shared use path (SUP) in the median of US 33 (Market Street) from the intersections of MLK Way to Burgess Rd/ Linda Lane for a total project cost of $7.6 million. The project was a huge win for the City because it will take advantage of the US 33 bridge replacements over I-81 and the Norfolk Southern Railway, to add capacity and safety improvements for non-motorized travelers.

In Rockingham County, the CTB has recommended funding for a vital pedestrain network connection along US Route 11 North Valley Pike, adding over one-mile of sidewalk, at a cost of $3 million. Also recommended in the County is a project at the intersection of US 33 & Route 620 (Indian Trail Road) that will extend the eastbound left turn lane of US 33, and install a southbound right turn lane on Route 620.

NOTE: To check a project’s status, please see the SMART SCALE or VDOT dashboards.

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