COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

VRTFP Grant for Rivanna Greenway Segment Free Bridge Lane Connector

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Request for a resolution authorizing a request to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for funding assistance for a segment of the Rivanna Greenway.

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, White, Davis, Mullaney

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

February 7, 2007

 

ACTION:                               INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:    X                      INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:      Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Virginia Recreational Trails Fund Program is a reimbursement grant program established for the purposes of providing and maintaining recreational trails and trails-related facilities.  It is funded through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which establishes a program for allocating funds to the States for recreational trails and trail-related projects.  The state agency responsible for administering the program in Virginia is the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

 

This project includes the construction of approximately 1600 feet of compacted crushed-stone trail creating an off road connection  between the existing trail in Darden Towe Park to the recently completed section of trail under Free Bridge which continues an additional 4200 feet downstream.  The project also includes the construction of a 50 ft. pedestrian bridge over an existing storm water discharge culvert area which currently prevents a continuous off road pedestrian connection.  The estimated project cost is $96,945.  The grant program will provide successful applicants with reimbursement of 80%.  The 20% matching cost will come from funds already appropriated for the development of the Rivanna Greenway.

 

This application package requires a resolution of support from the governing body.                                                                                                  

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Greenways protect important and/or sensitive resources, provide recreational and educational opportunities, provide alternative transportation opportunities and provide an economic benefit and therefore support all five goals of the strategic plan.

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

If the grant application is approved, the County share of the total estimated project cost of $96,945 would be $19,389.  The required County share would come from funds already appropriated for this purpose. 

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors adopt the attached resolution authorizing the County Executive to provide the necessary materials and to enter into such agreements as necessary to qualify for a VRTFP grant.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

A - Resolution

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