Smallhouse Road Widening Project

Background & Goals

The City of Bowling Board of Commissioners approved funding in Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016 for the improvement to a section of Smallhouse Road from Campbell Lane through the signalized intersection at Highland Way. These improvements include widening the road to three lanes, as well as the installation of curb, gutter, and sidewalk. The ultimate goal is to continue these improvements to Scottsville Road in the near future.

In 2008, the City completed a feasibility study for the entire Smallhouse Road corridor from Campbell Lane to Scottsville Road that determined these improvements would be necessary in order to manage current and future traffic demand while also improving motorist and pedestrian safety. After considering several alternates such as 5-lane and a 4-lane roadway sections, staff determined that adding the third lane and sidewalk on one side would address congestion concerns at both the intersections with Highland Way and with Campbell Lane as well as along the corridor. The current design has included an 8 foot multi-use path on one side of the proposed roadway.

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Melissa Cansler, PE
City Engineer

Additionally, the widening will impact various utilities in the area. Water line and gas lines will be relocated at various locations along the project to allow sufficient room for the new infrastructure.

While any modifications to the current roadway configuration will have impacts to adjoining properties and motorists utilizing the roadway, the City is confident that we are proposing the most cost effective solution that will minimize these impacts to the greatest extent possible.


Construction began in December 2016. Construction of curb and gutter and storm sewer have been completed on the east side of the roadway between Campbell Lane and Highland Way. Sidewalk construction is ongoing along the east side of the road. Paving began in late March 2017. Lane changes will take effect in early April 2017 to accommodate water line relocation and storm sewer installation along the west side of the road. Temporary lane closures will be required, so motorists should expect short term delays. Please use caution when driving through this area due to construction crews and equipment operating in close proximity to the roadway.

Smallhouse road looking south towards Campbell Lane:Smallhouse Road Project - March 30, 2017 - Looking south toward Campbell Lane

Looking north toward Highland Way:Smallhouse Road Project - March 30, 2017 - Looking north toward Highland Way

Basin construction near the intersection with Campbell Lane:Smallhouse Road Project - March 30, 2017 - Looking north toward Living Hope Baptist Church


Construction will include water line utility relocation as well as any roadway widening, sidewalk construction and necessary traffic signal modifications. Construction is expected to continue through August 2017. Motorists are advised to take caution when traveling this area as crews will be working near the travel lanes and some delays should be expected. The roadway will remain open throughout construction with the exception of periods where utility and storm line crossing will be necessary.  Advance notice will be given if closures are necessary.

Additionally, funding was provided in 2017 to begin design on Phase II widening.  This section will pick up near Highland Way where Phase I ends and continue through Ridgecrest Way.  Survey and design of this portion began in December 2016 and is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2017 with property acquisition to follow. 

Project Details

Below is a typical section showing proposed width of traffic lanes, sidewalk and right-of-way for the improvements along Smallhouse Road.

Typical Section

The following exhibits show the corridor and any property affected. You may click on the images to view a larger version:

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