What technically is considered a low-volume road?

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) considers roadways with less than 2,000 vehicles per day (vpd) to be a low volume, and roadways with less than 400 vpd to be very low volume. On the portions of the old rail line alignment that have been converted to state-maintained routes, VDOT anticipates that the trail will exist in a "share the road" scenario as is the case today.

  • Route 686 (Alleghany Circle) (0.3 mile) - Craig Co., 20 vpd
  • Route 608 (Mill Creek Lane) (0.4 mile) - Craig Co., 25 vpd
  • Route 817 (Old Rail Road) (3.8 mile) - Botetourt Co., 43 vpd
  • Route 818 (Craig Valley Drive) (4.1 mile) - Botetourt Co., 64 vpd
  • Route 685 (Ballpark Road) (0.52 mile) - Botetourt County, 219 vpd

The past 3 year accident history from 4/1/2020 to 3/31/2023 along the secondary route portions of the trail are:

  • Route 686 - 0 reported crashes
  • Route 608 - 0 reported crashes
  • Route 817 - 0 reported crashes
  • Route 818 - 0 reported crashes
  • Route 685 - 1 reported crash (crash involved a vehicle backing into another vehicle that was stopped in the roadway. The crash resulted in property damage only.)

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1. Who will maintain the trail?
2. Will it be safe for trail users to be on the secondary route portions of the trail?
3. Who will provide emergency services and police to the trail?
4. Can I still hunt on my property if it adjoins the trail?
5. What technically is considered a low-volume road?
6. Will property owners adjacent to the existing railbed who use it as their only access to their properties be able to continue using it?
7. Will the trail be gated?
8. How many cars will the trailheads hold?
9. Will the trailheads have restrooms and trash receptacles?
10. Are the McKalester and Phoenix bridges along state-maintained routes suitable to carry trail users and automotive traffic?
11. Will any upgrades be made to the shared secondary routes to better accommodate trail users such as signage, paving, widening or dust control?
12. Will people still be able to access cemeteries that are located along the trail?
13. Will the project result in the closure of any US Forest Service roads?
14. What will become of the high-water route between Oriskany and Route 612 (Scenic View Lane)?
15. Are there any identified environmental concerns?
16. Will the Post Office in Oriskany have to move?
17. When the C&O railroad abandoned use of the old rail line, did land acquired through eminent domain revert back to the original landowners or their successors?
18. Has any of the rail right of way along the project ever been sold by the Commonwealth?
19. Are there any plans to condemn property via eminent domain?
20. Will camping be allowed on the trail?
21. Will VDOT fence the corridor to keep livestock/pets from entering the trail and to keep trail users on the trail property?
22. Why is the trailhead proposed in the Oriskany area?