Projects - Regional

cover image of SSPDC's 2045 Rural Long-Range Transportation PlanThe 2045 Rural Long-Range Transportation Plan was officially adopted by the SPDC on January 23, 2020.  The plan includes data relating to demographics, land use, transportation goals, and numerous inventories related to the region's transportation network.  However, the most notable sections of the plan contain transportation recommendations based on the results of a prioritization matrix and also the inclusion of vision projects.  The prioritization matrix (an Excel spreadsheet that scores each recommended improvement) was utilized to identify those transportation projects throughout the region that are best positioned to receive support and funding during future grant cycles, most notably the Virginia Department of Transportation's Smart Scale program.  The prioritized recommendations are mapped according to their ranking and a brief overview is provided.  Vision projects represent those transportation projects deemed important by local jurisdictions but lack the necessary data points to be fairly scored by the prioritizaton matrix.  Common examples include new roadways, roadways with insufficient data, sidewalks, and multi-use trails.

pdf 2045 Rural Long Range Transportation Plan. (8.45 MB)

The Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan was recognized by FEMA as officially approved on September 2, 2020. This plan is updated on a five-year cycle and establishes regional and local hazard mitigation goals and strategies.  By being proactive and putting mitigation measures into place, risk to life and property can be reduced, or possibly eliminated, thus creating a more safe and resilient community.  As part of the planning process community resources/facilities were inventoried, hazards were identified and analyzed, and mitigation actions were determined to help offset adverse effects from disasters and other harmful events.  Input was collected from the public, safety officials, representatives from local governments, and other community stakeholders.

pdf Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan (29.50 MB)

photo of 3 young men jogging on the Tobacco Heritage TrailSPDC staff is in the process of working on a regional Active Transportation Plan.  Currently there are two plans that address bicycle, pedestrian and trail planning in the region.  They are the Halifax County Trails, Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan (2004) and the Lake Country Bicycle, Pedestrian & Trails Plan (2007).  Both plans set forth goals and strategies to continue in the development of a network of on-road bicycle and off-road shared use trails within Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg counties.  The Active Transportation will update, build upon, and consolidate both plans into one regional plan.  The planning process and public outreach is expected to occur over the next year.

Trail runs along Dan River and behind Berry Hill Plantation

Tobacco Heritage Trail in South Boston, VAHorseback riders, cyclers, joggers and hikers (and dogs!) of all ages enjoy the Tobacco Heritage Trail.

In the Fall of 2012, the Southside PDC, partnered with Roanoke River Rails-to-Trails, Inc. to develop a brand new section of the Tobacco Heritage Trail (THT) in South Boston, VA. Southside PDC worked closely with engineers from Anderson & Associates on the design and direction of this second phase of the trail project. The PDC has been responsible for obtaining grant monies for the purchase of abandoned railroad corridor and trail construction. Regional Planner, Robyn Fowler, oversaw the progress of the South Boston sec- tion, liaising with engineers, contractors, and VDOT representatives.

Several historic features of this segment of the THT make the South Boston section a trail worth visiting! The trailhead is situated at the base of a former cotton mill. All that remains of the mill are two brick towers marking the once thriving cotton industry in South Boston. A short 0.4 miles from the trailhead is the Prizery, which used to be a tobacco warehouse.