Reshaping Rural Highways for Livability

Reshaping Rural Highways for Livability

Thursday, February 20th, 2014, from 12:30 - 2:00 PM EDT

This webinar focusing on a regionally-scalled national demonstration project on US Route 50 in Virginia was held on Thursday, February 20th, 2014, from 12:30 PM EDT, and was brought to you by FHWA, in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces and Sevatec.

This webinar details how Virginia DOT and stakeholders worked together to balance the role of Route 50 as a major national highway with the reality that it is also the heart of the rural communities it binds together.
The Rural Route 50 Traffic Calming Plan began in 1994 as a grassroots effort to protect a scenic and historic section of the Virginia Piedmont known as the Mosby Heritage Area, where it is the main street for several small towns. Traffic projections showed increasing demand for the 24-mile corridor located a mere 45 miles outside of Washington D.C., but an innovative public process and federal demonstration project funding ultimately produced a plan to manage and calm traffic rather than simply add capacity.
Today much of the plan has been implemented, including the Gilbert's Corner project in 2009, a system of four roundabouts to relieve congestion. Participants will learn about how the Route 50 plan was developed and implemented and will gain invaluable insights for DOTs and stakeholders seeking to achieve both mobility and livability in the rural areas.


Susan Van Wagoner, Steering Committee Chair, Route 50 Corridor Coalition

Ian Lockwood, Professional Engineer (Livable Transportation), Toole Design Group

Jan Vaughan, Northern Virginia District, VDOT

James Zeller, Northern Virginia District, VDOT

Unfortunately, we are experiencing technical difficulties with the webinar recording, but are working to remedy the situation with our webinar software provider. The recording will be added to this page as soon as it is available.

Further Reading:

PDF Icon    SusanRuralLivability

PDF Icon    IanRuralLivability

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