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Erickson-Stone Spring Connector Opens in Harrisonburg

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Harrisonburg has cut the ribbon on a nearly $30 million road that offers a much-needed, east-west bypass. The city says it saved time and money by taking the lead on the project.

The connection between Erickson Avenue and Stone Spring Road is truly a regional project: a 10-phase effort that should ease traffic troubles in the Harrisonburg area and provide a much faster route for emergency vehicles headed to Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

Phase two opened Thursday with a triple ribbon-cutting—for eastbound, westbound and bicycle lanes. The new, mile-long stretch of Stone Spring Road is five lanes wide and offers a new connection between South Main Street and Port Republic Road.

Several years ago, Harrisonburg decided to accelerate the project by picking up much of the tab.

"While we did rely on some federal and state funds that helped bring this project to completion, the city took a very strong role in releasing bonds. My estimation would be 60 percent of the project was covered by local funds," said Drew Williams of Harrisonburg Public Works.

The new stretch of Stone Spring Road replaces a narrow, winding road that crosses a busy rail line. The next phase of the bypass, Erickson Avenue, is already under construction. It will provide a link with Route 42 and should open next summer.

That section has no local money involved. It was included in the governor's transportation plan, and is 100 percent state-funded.

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