Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Want to spend more biking or walking on the Colonial Parkway? Here’s your chance to tell the National Parks Service

(Courtesy National Park Service)
(Courtesy National Park Service)

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — The National Park Service (NPS) at the Colonial National Historical Park is considering periodic shutdowns of a stretch of the Colonial Parkway to motor vehicle traffic.

Before they do so, they are seeking public feedback to guide their decision, according to an NPS press release.

The proposed, temporary shutdowns are for the stretch of the Colonial Parkway between Route 199/Kingspoint in Williamsburg and Route 359, near the entrance to Jamestown Island.

The closures, if implemented, would allow for more recreational activity on the parkway without the presence of motor vehicle traffic.

The timing and duration of the proposed closures are still up in the air, pending public feedback.

The NPS said proposed shutdowns may include:

  • One Saturday or Sunday a month through the Spring to the Fall
  • One entire weekend a month through the Spring to the Fall
  • One weekday a month to prevent impact to weekend visitors but also facilitate use by local visitors for bicycles and pedestrians
  • Entire day or half day closures

The parkway has been closed once annually for the BikeWalk Williamsburg Pedal the Parkway on the first Saturday in May. The event was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Input is being sought on the proposed closures both in general, and for specifics regarding the scheduling of closing the stretch of the parkway.

Residents can provide their feedback for NPS review here.

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