Pocahontas Trail Corridor Study


This study examined the Pocahontas Trail corridor between Fire Station 2 and James River Elementary School. It engaged the community to identify key transportation needs and define a vision for the future of the corridor. The study identified feasible transportation improvements for all users to include motorists, transit users, pedestrians and bicyclists. The recommended improvements were to match the surrounding character of the Pocahontas Trail corridor and address the community’s needs while enhancing quality of life for area residents and users of the corridor. The Study Team developed concept sketches and cost estimates and recommended strategies to prioritize improvements along the corridor after collecting public input.

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Anticipated Completion: May 2018

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from the neighborhoods, churches and businesses along the corridor who have volunteered to advise the County and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) during this study. The group has met six times since the start of the study. View meeting materials and summaries.

Committee Members

  • Glenn Carter
  • James Curtis
  • Allen Doucet
  • George Drummond
  • Kirkland Goddard Sr.
  • Gloria Hill
  • Pat McCormick/Thomas McCormick
  • Danny Schmidt
  • Rob Till
  • Tracy Williams/Eric Williams

Pocahontas Trail Corridor Study

Technical Committee

Also assisting the County and VDOT during this process is a Technical Committee comprised of staff from various agencies and departments. The Technical Committee is comprised of representatives from the Police and Fire Departments, Parks & Recreation, Williamsburg-James City County Schools, Social Services, VDOT, Stormwater & Resource Protection, James City Service Authority (JCSA), Planning and Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA).

Additional Outreach

Additional outreach has been conducted with other local groups in the community to gain additional feedback from the community. Members of the project team conducted a presentation at James River Elementary School on Dec. 12, 2017 and at Colonial Manor on Dec. 19, 2017.


Three public workshops were held in November, January and April and extensive coordination with the Steering and Technical Advisory Committees have occurred. A summary report documenting the study results and the recommendations developed based on the community engagement effort are being prepared for presentation to the Planning Commission on June 6, 2018 and Board of Supervisors on June 10, 2018. If the recommendations are adopted by the Board, then James City County will pursue funding from various sources to begin implementation of the improvements. The specific time frame for construction of any improvements will depend on funding availability.