The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce regards transportation improvements as central to its ability to maintain a healthy business climate. All forms of transportation have a role to play in serving the needs of both residents and tourists. The Chamber supports improvements to transportation, including, but not limited to, the following:
Southeast Connector/Erickson Stone Spring Project
- Full funding for a four lane thoroughfare extending from the Belmont subdivision in Rockingham County to Rt. 33 East, otherwise known as the Southeast Connector/Erickson Stone Spring project.
- Realizing that some of this road is currently funded, it is imperative that the remainder be funded to create a much needed east/west connection in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, especially for providing access to the new Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
- The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce believes this road improvement will help address current safety issues and facilitate the expansion of other modes of transportation such as sidewalks, bike paths and public transportation.
Maintenance and Snow Removal
- The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce supports adequate funding for maintenance and timely snow removal throughout the Valley’s network of Interstate, primary, and secondary roadways.
- Maintenance of these roads is critical for servicing area farms, facilitating general commerce, ensuring access to remote areas of the county for fire and rescue, and enabling citizens to get to work or school.
- Maintaining adequate roads will help the area to continue to attract new businesses.
Improvements on Interstate 81
- The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce believes the Commonwealth should focus available resources on improving safety on Interstate 81, including truck climbing lanes, median strip barriers, and adequate bridge clearances.
- The Chamber supports the enforcement of traffic safety laws on Interstate 81.
Transportation Trust Fund
- The Chamber opposes the use of the Transportation Trust Fund for purposes other than transportation.
- Transportation planning must remain a top priority and be done in a way that is consistent over time and ensures the proper transportation infrastructure capacity for economic growth. This should include the use of more realistic planning timeframes such as ten rather than six years. In addition, land use and transportation planning must go hand in hand to achieve sustainable solutions.