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June 12, 2018

Timber Fence Trail state funding vote set June 20

Phase One of the Timber Fence Trail extension would run along Waterloo Road from FHS west. The second phase would run through the campus, completing the trail from Rady Park to the WARF.
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The trail extension’s first phase will connect the 17-home Stonecrest subdivision with FHS.
Timber Fence Trail Phase 1
• What: 10-foot wide asphalt bicycle and pedestrian trail.

• Where: Along Waterloo Road; connecting Fauquier High School to the Stonecrest subdivision.

• Cost: $451,409.

• Funding: VDOT would pay for 80 percent or $361,000; county and town would provide 10 percent or $45,000 each.

• Next: The Commonwealth Transportation Board vote on funding Wednesday, June 20.

• Future: Completed trail would run through FHS campus, connecting Rady Park and the WARF.
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Staff Journalist
Plans for expanding the Timber Fence Trail at Warrenton’s western edge could move forward next week.

Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board on Wednesday, June 20, will decide whether to provide $361,000 for the first section of the asphalt trail extension.

Fauquier County and the Town of Warrenton would contribute $45,000 each if the grant wins approval.

Phase One of the trail, about a third of a mile, would run along Waterloo Road, connecting the Fauquier High School campus with the Stonecrest subdivision to the west.

The town estimates the first phase of the project would cost $451,000.

Planning started about five years ago, when engineers designed a trail extension that ultimately would connect Rady Park and the WARF (Warrenton Recreational and Aquatic Facility), across Waterloo Road from the FHS campus.

Timber Fence represents a key part of the plan to ring the town with hiking/biking trails.

> Fauquier-Warrenton Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan at bottom of story

In two years, the town plans to apply for funding of Phase Two that would cross the high school property and connect with the existing trail on Timber Fence Parkway to the north.

“It will provide great connectivity for the community,” Warrenton Parks and Recreation Director Margaret Rice said.

When complete, the trail would measure eight-tenths of a mile.

In 2014, the school board donated the right-of-way for extension of the trail that would run just west of the baseball and softball fields at FHS.

The town two years ago applied for a grant through the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program but didn’t receive funding because of the large price tag — about $958,000, according to Ms. Rice.

In November, the town split the project into two phases and re-applied for the grant. VDOT recommended funding of Phase One, which the state board will consider next week.

Fauquier-Warrenton Destinations Plan by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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