Long Range Planning

The primary objectives of long-range planning are updating and maintaining the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and other long range planning documents, such as the HRMPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. Federal law requires that the HRMPO develop and approve a LRTP every five years and that the Plan must have at least a 20-year horizon at the time of approval. The LRTP was most recently approved on May 18, 2023.

HRMPO plays a role in the following resources and plans:

Cars driving down the freeway in between some fields

The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) documents the region’s transportation needs and is updated every five years.

The LRTP presents recommendations for enhanced transportation efficiency, safety, and connectivity for multiple travel modes and improvements to existing highway, transit, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The LRTP identifies projected available federal, state, and local funding and presents project recommendations that can be implemented with projected funding levels.

The goal of the LRTP is to create an effective framework for mobility and development together with a set of priority transportation projects that will address the area’s current and long-term needs. The Plan must comply with Federal guidelines as outlined in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The HRMPO Policy Board approved the 2045 LRTP on May 18, 2023. It includes more than $315 million in planned transportation investments for the Harrisonburg Rockingham region over the next two decades.

Explore our interactive map of transportation projects in the 2045 LRTP.

In addition to full 2045 LRTP document, we have developed a brief guide and overview of the Plan. The guide is available in English and Spanish.

Explore our interactive map of transportation projects contained in the 2045 LRTP. 

A flowchart of the HRMPO Project List Development. It shows Public input included in each phase of development.

Public Engagement for the 2045 LRTP

Spanning more than a year, HRMPO offered a range of virtual and in-person opportunities throughout the process to develop the 2045 LRTP.

Phase One of the 2045 LRTP process was a visioning survey, which was open to the public from February 1 through March 2, 2022.

A total of 638 people responded to the Phase One survey. View the Phase One Visioning Survey Report Here.

We hosted a webinar on February 16 and shared more about Phase One and the LRTP process. This webinar was recorded and can be viewed here.

Phase Two of the 2045 LRTP process was a survey soliciting feedback on the draft Universe of Projects open from August 1 through September 16, 2022.

A total of 685 people responded to the Phase Two survey. Review the Phase 2 Survey Report. 

We held a webinar on August 16 to give an overview of the LRTP process and Phase Two interactive map and survey. Watch a recording of the webinar presentation here.

In addition, we attended community events in Harrisonburg, Bridgewater, and Rockingham County, presented to elected officials in every jurisdiction within HRMPO boundaries, and hosted in-person open house information sessions at Turner Ashby High School and the Lucy F. Simms Center.

Members of the public could share feedback on the draft LRTP in Phase Three. The public comment period was open from April 20, 2023 to May 18, 2023. 

In Phase Three, HRMPO hosted two webinar sessions on April 25, 2023. You can watch a replay of the webinar here. 

HRMPO hosted a public meeting on May 4, 2023 in the Community Room at the Rockingham County Administration Center from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and speak with staff from VDOT and HRMPO.