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Birthplace of America Trail

In 2015, HRTPO and VDOT staff formed a working group from across the region, including state agencies, local jurisdictions, and bicycle advocacy groups.

The vision of the Birthplace of America Trail study is to connect the Virginia Capital Trail to Fort Monroe (in Hampton) and the South Hampton Roads Trail western terminus (in Suffolk).  For more information on the study, click HERE.

Since the completion of the study, HRTPO staff, locality staff, and advocates have been advocating and planning to promote and complete the trial.  Local advocates started a non-profit foundation, the Tidewater Trail Alliance (TTA), to promote the regional trail.  HRTPO staff, in conjunction with local leaders, started coordinating for the planning and design of key segments of the trail on the Peninsula.  In the Summer of 2021, VDOT and HRTPO staff received a VDOT planning grant to analyze key segments further on the Peninsula portion of the trail.  Currently, this planning grant is in the beginning stages of planning for the upcoming transportation funding cycles.

Supplemental Studies

Guide for Adding Historical Markers

Birthplace of America Trail/Virginia Capital Trail Extension Timeline

Below is a history of key events in the formation of the Birthplace of America Trail/Virginia Capital Trail Extension and funded segments along the route.

1999 – Virginia Capital Trail Feasibility Study completed

2003 – Virginia Capital Trail Design initiated

2004 – Virginia Capital Trail Foundation founded

2005 – Construction begins on the Virginia Capital Trail

October 2015 – Construction completed for entire Virginia Capital Trail

Spring 2016 – HRTPO subcommittee (PCVCT aka Paths Connecting to the Virginia Capital Trail subcommittee) formed to identify alignments connecting the Virginia Capital Trail to Fort Monroe and the South Hampton Roads Trail (SHRT) 

December 2016 – HRTPO staff developed an online survey to gain input on prospective routes

June 2017 – Draft Birthplace of America Trail Study posted for public review

October 2017 – Birthplace of America Trail Study approved by the HRTPO Board 

Early 2018 – Formation of the Tidewater Trail Alliance advocacy group

Summer 2018 – The City of Hampton was awarded funding for the Mellen Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Project – Segment I (South Mallory Street to South Willard Avenue) via the VDOT Transportation Alternatives Set-aside Program

Summer 2018 – The City of Hampton was awarded funding for the Mercury Boulevard Road Diet Project – Segment II (North Willard Avenue to Fort Monroe) via the VDOT Transportation Alternatives Set-aside Program

Summer 2019 – York County was awarded funding for the Victory Boulevard (Route 171) Capacity (multi-modal) Enhancements Project (Yorktown Road to Poquoson City Line) through the VDOT SMART SCALE program

Fall 2019 – The City of Williamsburg was awarded funding for the Compton Drive Shared-use Path (Monticello Avenue to Brooks Street) via the VDOT Transportation Alternatives Set-aside Program

Summer 2020 – The City of Poquoson was awarded funding for the Victory Boulevard (Route 171) Enhancement Project (York County Line to Poquoson Avenue) through the VDOT SMART SCALE program

Fall 2020 – Birthplace of America Trail/Virginia Capital Trail Extension Peninsula Initiative began

Spring 2021 – The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, on behalf of the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, and York County, applied for funding for multiple segments of the Birthplace of America Trail/Virginia Capital Trail Extension via the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) RAISE Grant program

Summer 2021 – The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization received a VDOT Planning Grant to assist Hampton Roads Peninsula localities in advancing the Birthplace of America Trail/Virginia Capital Trail Extension

August 2021 – Birthplace of America Trail/Virginia Capital Trail Extension VDOT Planning Grant Peninsula Initiative Kick-off Meeting

Spring 2023 – Planned completion of the Compton Drive Shared-use Path (Monticello Avenue to Brooks Street), located in the City of Williamsburg

Spring 2023 – Planned completion of the Mellen Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Project – Segment 1 (South Mallory Street to South Willard Avenue, located in the City of Hampton

Spring 2023 – Planned completion of the Mercury Boulevard Road Diet Project – Segment II (North Willard Avenue to Fort Monroe), located in the City of Hampton

2026 – Planned completion of the Victory Boulevard (Route 171) Enhancement Project (York County Line to Poquoson Avenue), located in the City of Poquoson

2027 – Planned completion of the Pocahontas Trail Multimodal Corridor project (Ron Springs Road to Plantation Road), located in James City County

2028 – Planned completion of the Victory Boulevard (Route 171) Capacity (multi-modal) Enhancements Project (Yorktown Road to Poquoson City Line), located in York County

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