Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation to Hold Public Meeting to Present Alternative Transportation Solutions to Reach Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

​VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation will host a public information meeting Wednesday, November 4, 2015 to present the findings of a study for enhancing environmentally-friendly visitor access to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (BBNWR) and False Cape State Park.  All interested citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting to hear about the BBNWR Alternative Transportation Study, review maps of the study area, learn about the transportation alternatives, and share ideas. Large scale maps will be on display and study team members will be available for informal discussions. The meeting will be held from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Red Mill Elementary School, 1860 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach. It will be an open house format with a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m.

The study has been funded by a $449,000 planning grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to evaluate transportation alternatives for visitors to reach BBNWR without using private motor vehicles. The money is provided by the FTA’s Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program which is designed to fund projects that will provide safe, convenient access for visitors to America’s national parks, forests and wildlife refuges, and modernize aging transportation infrastructure. Transportation alternatives for BBNWR being presented include:

 

• Back Bay Refuge Trail:  a shared use path from Lago Mar to Sandbridge, and restored bike lanes along Sandfiddler Road.
• Sigma Trail:  a shared use path along Sandbridge Road from Lotus Drive to Back Bay Refuge Trail.
• Shuttles:  a service to the Refuge’s existing Visitor Contact Station from the site of the future Visitor Contact Station and from the Virginia Aquarium.
• Water access:  improvements to enhance canoe/kayak travel across the bay.
• Water taxi:  a shore-to-shore passenger service on a pontoon-style boat.
• No Construction:  programs for education and encouragement.

 

Public meeting attendees will have an opportunity to review the studied alternatives. Citizens who cannot attend the meeting are invited to read the executive summary report on the study website and send their comments by December 4, 2015. Comments may be made in one of the following ways:

 

• Website: A downloadable comment form will be available on the study website beginning November 4, 2015.  VBgov.com/BackBayGrant
• Mail: Return completed comment form to Chris DeWitt, VHB, Two Columbus Center 4500 Main Street, Suite 400. Virginia Beach, VA 23462
• Email: BackBayGrant@VBgov.com

 

The City of Virginia Beach strives to provide reasonable accommodations and services for persons who require assistance to participate. For special assistance, please call 757-385-0400 or TTY 711 by October 30, 2015.

 

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