Williamson Road in Roanoke is often called the city’s Main Street. The several-mile stretch that crosses from Roanoke City into Roanoke County and conenct’s Downtown Roanoke to Hollins University hold a huge diversity of businesses and crosses a large number of varied neighborhoods. It’s also in need of some TLC.
The City of Roanoke and the Williamson Road Business Association are in the very early phases of reimagining what this stretch could look like – including improvements to streetscape and infrastructure that could make the area more accessible by bicyclists and pedestrians, and safer to travel by car. Below are two draft proposals from the City that appeared early in the process:
Williamson Road is a long and varied corridor, and not every mile of it is appropriate for the same kind of improvements – nonetheless, we feel that an overall improvement in bike and pedestrian access would be a great benefit to the street and the businesses that line it.
During this early phase, if you are interested in seeing Williamson Road become more bike and ped friendly and safer for vehicles of all kinds to traverse, it’s important to talk to your elected officials and let them know. We recommended contacting Roanoke City Council and the Williamson Road Area Business Association to voice your support. Also consider requesting to be added to WRABA’s newsletter to keep up with the discussion and see new streetscape proposals as they are presented.