Crews nearing finish line on Virginia Capital Trail project


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The race is on for construction crews working at a breakneck pace to get the 50-mile-long Virginia Capital Trail project finished in time for September’s UCI Road World Championships.

“They are so locked on to getting this done that you’ll see them out here on the weekends, in the rain … Everyday I come out here I see more done than the day before,” said Virginia Capital Trail Foundation Executive Director Beth Weisbrod.

The trail will stretch from Great Ship Lock Park in Richmond all the way to the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, connecting Virginia’s original and current capitols.

The trail hugs rural Route 5 (John Tyler Highway). Right now, roughly 29 miles are finished, allowing bikers to ride from Charles City to Jamestown.

“We’re seeing a lot of use on weekends,” Weisbrod added. “The sections that are done are packed with families, avid cyclists..”

8News Anchor Morgan Dean caught up with one biker as he was finishing up a 41-mile ride one morning. He said he can’t wait to see what new businesses might put down a kickstand and set up shop along the trail.

Watch Morgan’s full report above.

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