Small Area Studies

The HRMPO Small Area Study (SAS) Program identifies regional transportation issues and develops fundable solutions to advance the goals of the MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and local Comprehensive and Economic Development Plans. Short-Range planning activities for the HRMPO include maintenance of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and small area or corridor studies to advance projects to the project application and programming stage. This task allows HRMPO staff or consultants to perform corridor, interchange, or intersection planning studies to prepare projects for advancement to the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Six Year Improvement Program(SYIP) and Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), or towards construction funded by other means.

The studies often examine transportation issues related to vehicular traffic; however, active transportation modes and transit will also be incorporated into all studies. These studies also may include opportunities to examine the potential for economic development and show commitment to infrastructure improvements. Please review some of our more recent studies below:

Port Republic and Bluestone Drive Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge Feasibility Study-Phase 2
Downtown Harrisonburg Operations Study (2020)


Mount Crawford Park and Ride Lot Improvements (2020)


The Port Republic Road Safety and Operations Study (2019)


The Market Street (Route 33) STARS Study (2018)


VA 42 and Garbers Church Road Intersection Small Area Study (2018)


Bridgewater's Main Street Small Area Study (2017)


Harrisonburg-Rockingham  MPO Work Program Annual Report FY21