Transportation Division

A TRANSPORTATION PHILOSOPHY Erik Nelson - Transportation Administrator

When people define the qualities that make Fredericksburg an attractive place to live and do business, we hear phrases like "quality of life," "small town atmosphere," and "sense of place." These concepts are seemingly abstract, but they are achieved with due attention to a community’s physical design, which is ultimately based on its transportation infrastructure.

Successful places invariably have transportation systems that accommodate a variety of human purposes, ensuring the community is open and accessible to all its citizens. Urban centers simply do not function well with only one mode of travel. Instead, the most sustainable transportation system is multi-modal – an integrated and balanced system of access and mobility. To achieve that end, public investments must be directed to having an appropriate hierarchy of roadways, enhanced public transit, facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and interconnected streets.


The Transportation Division provides the planning and administrative services that ensure Fredericksburg has a cohesive transportation network of roads/highways, rail facilities, trails, and sidewalks.


Long Range Planning

Provide professional transportation analysis and planning pertaining to maintaining and enhancing a multi-modal transportation network throughout the City of Fredericksburg.

Regional Planning

Serve as City representative on the Technical Committee of the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO).

Contract Administration

Administer transportation projects through the Locally Administered Projects program. Represent the City’s interests in all transportation projects undertaken within the city limits by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE).

Land Use Planning

Act as lead staff for evaluating proposed transportation network improvements during the land development process.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Engineering

Act as lead staff for bicycle/pedestrian network improvements and way-finding signs.

City of Fredericksburg Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (PDF)

Idlewild Boulevard Bike Lane

Staff Coordination

Ensure inter-disciplinary analysis of transportation-related issues and related problem solving.

Funding Strategies

Develop and maintain a transportation priorities lists and actively pursue available funding sources.

Further Reading

If you would like to read more about the philosophy and challenges of transportation and preservation:

Form (Preservation) Follows Function by Erik Nelson