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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Should you have any questions feel free to contact us:

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 on Phase I began in December 2016. Construction of curb and gutter and storm sewer are substantially complete. Additionally, the construction of the 8ft. multi-use path on the east side of the roadway is complete. Final paving and lane striping will be completed mid-September and the new traffic signal and lane designations at Highland will take effect. Temporary lane closures may be required, so motorists should expect short term delays. Please continue to use caution when driving through this area due to construction crews and equipment operating in close proximity to the roadway.

Looking south toward Campbell Lane:
Smallhouse Road Project - September 29, 2017 - Looking south toward Campbell Lane

Looking north toward Living Hope Baptist Church:
Smallhouse Road Project - September 29, 2017 - Looking north toward Living Hope Baptist Church

Looking north toward Highland Way:
Smallhouse Road Project - September 29, 2017 - Looking north toward Highland Way

Looking north towards Patrick Way:
Smallhouse Road Project - September 29, 2017 - Looking north towards Patrick Way


All remaining construction activities are anticipated to wrap up in October for Phase I. 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. The survey and design of this portion began in December 2016 and is now complete. Property owners affected are currently being notified of impacts, if any. Utility relocation for this phase could begin as early as Fall 2017. Roadway construction of Phase II will commence once all necessary property and easements are obtained. It is anticipated that work could begin as early as Spring 2018.

Project Details

Below is a typical section showing the proposed width of traffic lanes, sidewalk and right-of-way for the improvements along Smallhouse Road Phase 1.

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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