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August 2017 Transportation Update

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Traffic Engineering Division takes aim at protecting Corridors of Statewide Significance (CoSS). The Arterial Preservation Program is intended to preserve long-distance function of highways, serving as a community and statewide interstate connection for commerce. Achieving higher speeds would come at the cost of reducing and/or eliminating signals and crossovers that currently provide access to businesses along each corridor.

Smart Beginnings Update

Smart Beginnings Update

PALS-K scores have been released for the 2016-17 academic year and the hard work and dedication of parents and educators across the New River Valley is showing. PALS, which stands for Phonological Awareness and Literacy Screening, is one of the tools used by educators to help to measure the fundamental components of a child’s literacy.

Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

The draft New River Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for public comment. To follow progress and participate through the public comment process be sure to check in at our website: http://nrvrc.org/hazardmitigation/ or call 540.639.9313.

New River Watershed Roundtable

New River Watershed Roundtable

Since 2016, the New River Valley Regional Commission has convened the New River Watershed Roundtable as a forum for the different localities in the NRV to coordinate clean-up events and promote watershed stewardship

Transportation Update

The Commission is partnering with the New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization to review and update a regional freight mobility plan.  In addition to examining the existing freight transportation system (rail, air, and trucking) particular emphasis is placed on developing strategies to proactively address future goods movement.  Plan outcomes will include the identification of a primary freight network and specific operational enhancements. The first step of the planning process is to document existing inbound and outbound freight movement.  Freight data is readily available from a national perspective, capturing trips between one state and another.  However, there is minimal data available that can be used to determine specific infrastructure or operational needs at a local level.  In order to develop baseline freight conditions, Commission staff plans to meet 1-on 1 with local employers and complete a regional freight survey. Individual meetings will be arranged through local and regional economic development departments.  Utilizing national freight data, the Commission will target industries that have the highest inbound and outbound freight value and tonnage.  Local businesses are encouraged to share pick-up and delivery information, and e-mail completed surveys to esharp@nrvrc.org.  To help regional partners capture baseline information, download the survey here. For more information about the regional freight mobility plan, contact Elijah Sharp (esharp@nrvrc.org) or 540-639-9313, ext. 210. Share...