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Construction Update, November 20, 2014

County Celebrates Completion of Crozet Streeetscape! View the Press release here for more information!


Construction Update, October 31, 2014

The following progress was made this week:

  • All striping was completed, including turn arrow, bike-lane markings, stop bars, etc.
  • The following items are scheduled through the end of the project:
  • Signage was delayed and is scheduled to occur on Monday, November 3.
  • A Substantial Completion inspection will be held with VDOT next week.
  • Substantial Completion is officially November 18th and Final Completion is December 18th.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is being planned for mid-November. Details will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. We hope that local business owners, stakeholders, and residents will attend.


Construction Update, October 27, 2014

The following progress was made last week:

  • All remaining crosswalks were completed.
  • All remaining mulching was completed.

The following items are scheduled through the end of the project:

  • Final striping and signage installation are scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday.
  • A Substantial Completion inspection will be held with VDOT the first week of November.
  • Substantial Completion is officially November 18th and Final Completion is December 18th.

Construction Update, October 17, 2014

This week's heavy rain delayed completion of the crosswalks. Consequently, the contractor will be working tomorrow, Saturday, October 18th, to complete the crosswalks located in front of the MudHouse and at Tabor Street.

The following progress was made this week:

  • Approximately 1½ of the 3½ remaining crosswalks were completed.
  • The contractor started bolting down furniture.
  • Shrubs south of Tabor Street and final mulching of the landscaping beds were completed.

The following items are scheduled through the end of the project:

  • Crosswalk paver installation will be completed next week, barring further weather delays.
  • Final striping will occur as soon as possible after the crosswalks are completed.
  • Substantial completion is officially November 18th but is expected to occur during the month of October.
  • A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in early November. Stay tuned for details.

Construction Update, October 10, 2014

Striping activities planned for today could not occur due to wet weather. Requirements for striping are:

  • Striping cannot be installed during a rain event or within 24 hours after a rain event.
  • Temperatures must be above 40 degrees and rising if overnight temperatures drop below 40 degrees.

Striping will occur as soon as possible.


Construction Update, October 9, 2014

The following progress was made this week:

  • Approximately 7½ of the 12 total number of crosswalks are installed.
  • Several crosswalk base slabs were poured too high. The contractor demolished and replaced a portion of these at 3 locations and will complete the rest of the repairs at no additional cost to the County.
  • All shrubs and ground cover were installed throughout. Roughly ½ of the mulching is complete.

The following items are scheduled through the end of the project:

  • Crosswalk paver installation will be completed next week, barring weather delays.
  • Final mulching should be completed in the next day or two. Shrubs south of Tabor will be installed next week. These two items will conclude landscaping activities.
  • Final striping is scheduled to occur tomorrow. Any striping not completed will be rescheduled in the next two weeks.
  • Substantial completion is officially November 18th but is expected to occur during the month of October. 

Construction Update, October 3, 2013

The following progress was made this week: 

  • Pavers for approximately 3-1/2 of the 12 total crosswalks were installed.
  • Several crosswalk base slabs were poured too high. The contractor demolished and replaced a portion of these at two locations and will complete the rest of the repairs next week at no additional cost to the County.
  • All street trees were installed and one species of shrub was installed throughout.
  • Approximately half of the curb plates were installed.

The following items are scheduled through the end of the project:

  • Crosswalk paver installation will continue next week and take another week to 2 weeks to complete.
  • Landscaping will continue and be completed next week.
  • Final striping is expected to occur in the next week.
  • Remaining railings are expected to be installed next week.
  • Final signage is expected to be completed in the next 1-2 weeks.
  • Substantial completion is officially November 18th but is expected to occur during the month of October.

Construction Update, September 26, 2014

The following progress was made last week:

  • All asphalt paving and temporary striping.
  • Final inspection for the lighting passed.
  • All retaining walls were stained.\

The following items are scheduled through the end of the project:

  • Crosswalk paver installation is scheduled to start Monday and take 1-2 weeks to complete.
  • Landscaping is scheduled to begin Monday and will take approximately 1-2 weeks to complete.
  • Final striping will occur in the next 1-2 weeks.
  • Curb plates and the remaining railings will be installed in the next 1-2 weeks.
  • Final signage is expected to be completed in the next 2-3 weeks.
  • Substantial completion is officially November 18th but is expected to occur during the month of October.

Construction Update & Traffic Notice, September 22, 2014

TRAFFIC NOTICE

Final asphalt installation will proceed this week with the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - Milling of all streets will be completed.
  • Wednesday, September 24th - Final asphalt work on all streets will be completed.
  • Thursday, September 25th - Temporary striping will be completed.

Final/permanent striping will be completed within 14 days of final paving.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The following progress was made last week:

  • All concrete repairs were completed.

The following items are scheduled through the end of the project:

  • Crosswalk paver installation is scheduled to start next Monday, September 29, and take 3-4 days to complete.
  • Landscaping has been delayed one (1) week due to dry weather. Planting is now scheduled to begin next week and will take approximately two weeks to complete.
  • Substantial completion is officially November 18th but is expected to occur during the month of October.

Construction Update, September 12, 2014<>

The following progress was made last week:

  • Concrete repairs were delayed this week due to weather on Monday and rescheduling conflicts with the concrete subcontractor. Concrete repairs are on the critical path and must be completed before final asphalt installation can begin.
  • Asphalt was added to the deepest crosswalks to reduce the depth of the bumps.
  • Asphalt patching was installed around the new medians.
  • The biofilters were weeded to prepare for landscaping.
  • Riprap weirs were installed in the biofilters.

The following items are scheduled through the end of the project:

  • Repair of deficient curbing and sidewalk will occur ASAP.
  • Final project finishes including milling, final paving, and striping will be completed in the next one to two weeks. Crosswalk paver installation will occur at the very end following final paving. Final paving will result in a smooth driving surface and the crosswalks will not be speed bumps.
  • Remaining lighting was delayed this week but will be turned on next week.
  • Landscaping is scheduled to begin the week of September 22nd and will take approximately two weeks to complete.
  • Substantial completion is officially November 18th but it is expected that the project will be completed ahead of schedule.

Construction Update, September 5, 2014

The following progress was made last week:

  • All crosswalk base slabs were completed. Asphalt has been added at the deepest locations.
  • The median has been installed in front of the barber shop. This median will be flush with the pavement and will NOT stick out of the ground.
  • Excavation, forming and pouring of the median in front of the CUMC was completed today.
  • Lights have been energized on the west side of Crozet Avenue north of Library Avenue.
  • Railing at the Mud House has been installed.
  • VDOT inspection of concrete occurred yesterday. There is deficient work that will be repaired next week.

The following items are scheduled through the end of the project:

  • Repair of deficient curbing and sidewalk will occur next week starting Monday.
  • Backfilling of the median in front of CUMC will be completed Monday.
  • Final project finishes include milling, final paving and striping will be completed in the next 2-3 weeks. Crosswalk paver installation will occur at the very end following final paving. Final paving will result in a smooth driving surface and the crosswalks will not act as speed bumps.
  • Remaining lighting will be turned on next week.
  • Landscaping is scheduled to begin the week of September 22nd and will take approximately 2 weeks to complete.

Crozet Safe Routes to School Project Update, September 5, 2014
Crozet Elementary School to Ballard Drive

The purpose of this mostly VDOT grant-funded project is to provide safe pedestrian access from the Crozet Elementary School to Ballard Drive. Drainage improvements and a sidewalk will be constructed along the west side including a pedestrian crossing at the school entrance. The project was bid last fall and bids came in significantly over the County's budget. To move the project forward, VDOT required the design team to re-engineer the project to meet the project budget and/or find additional funds - the County has done both. A redesign to limit the impact of the existing waterline was approved in concept by both VDOT and ACSA at the end of the summer, which has reduced the cost of the project. Additional monies will also be appropriated to fill the funding gap. The formal design documents are now being revised to reflect this change and the project is back on track to bid this Fall.

The schedule of the project is as follows:

  • 09/29/14 - Redesign Complete
  • 10/10/14 - VDOT Review Complete
  • 10/17/14 - Final Revisions Complete
  • 10/21/14 - Out to Bid
  • 11/20/14 - Bids Due

Construction is estimated to take approximately 2 months from when the contractor is issued a Notice to Proceed. Staff and the contractor will evaluate when to start construction, which could occur as soon as December or as late as early spring, depending on weather and contractor scheduling.


Construction Update & Traffic Notice, September 2, 2014

TRAFFIC NOTICE

Please note that we are in the process of installing crosswalks, which requires the installation of temporary "bumps" at each crosswalk. "Bump Ahead" signs have been posted to warn motorists of the changing road conditions. Please drive slowly over these temporary bumps, remain alert and drive/walk carefully when traveling through the construction zone. Thank you for your patience and courtesy to motorists, pedestrians and workers during this difficult phase of construction.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The following progress was made last week:

  • Installation of crosswalk base slabs at the Library Avenue and Jarman's Gap Road intersections.
  • A preliminary inspection occurred this past Wednesday.

The following items are scheduled through the end of the project:

  • Base slabs for all crosswalks are scheduled to be completed next week, which will require several more days of metal plates covering the crosswalks while the concrete cures. Please drive slowly over the metal plates. "Steel Plate" signs will be posted to warn motorist of the changing road conditions.
  • Final connection of light poles on the west side of Crozet Avenue to be completed in the next two weeks.
  • Final project finishes include milling, final paving and striping to be completed in the next two to four weeks. Crosswalk paver installation will occur at the very end following final paving. Final paving will result in a smooth driving surface.
  • Landscaping is scheduled to begin the week of September 22 and will take approximately two weeks to complete.

As part of the County's native landscaping initiative, 100% of the plantings on this project will be native plants. The use of native plants can result in the following benefits:

  • Reduce long term maintenance costs.
  • Reduce water usage.
  • Protect and enhance county biodiversity.
  • Improve urban habitat for non-urban birds and other important wildlife.
  • Reduce number of 'urban bird vectors' that carry the West Nile Virus, through increasing overall bird diversity, thus reducing West Nile Virus.
  • Increase native pollinators for both agriculture and gardening.
  • Improve soil quality.
  • Promote the regional economic vitality through the production of local eco-types of our native plant varieties.
  • Meet LEED requirements.
  • Carry on the important historic legacy of Thomas Jefferson's use of native plants.

For more information on native plants of Albemarle County, please visit www.albemarle.org/nativeplants.


Construction Advisory, August 26, 2014

As previously advised, crosswalk installation across Crozet Avenue and Jarmans Gap Road started this week. This work requires the use of steel plates to cover the newly poured base slabs until the slabs cure in approximately one day. After the concrete cures the steel plates will be removed and asphalt wedges will be installed at each crosswalk, which will make travel through the area bumpy and slower than usual.

Signage will be posted where steel plates are being used.

This work should be complete within 2 to 3 weeks. 
 
Please use caution and reduce your speed when driving through the area. Thank you for your patience during this last but important phase of construction.


Construction Update, August 22, 2014

The following progress was made over the past two weeks:

  • Installation of the remaining paver sidewalks.
  • Wall installation at Morningside.
  • Curb and sidewalk at The Square intersection.
  • Base paving of the Library Avenue extension.
  • Hand railing on the Pediatric building.
  • Installation of crosswalk base slab at Library Avenue.

The following progress is anticipated in the next two weeks:

  • Completion of base slabs for all crosswalks.
  • Final connection of light poles on the west side of Crozet Avenue.

Crozet Avenue will be paved with the final surface course of asphalt after the crosswalk base slabs are completed. Crosswalk pavers will then be installed after final paving. It is anticipated that milling and installation of the surface asphalt layer will begin in the next 3-4 weeks and crosswalk pavers will be installed in the next 4-6 weeks.

Landscaping is scheduled to begin within the next 4-6 weeks.

Please note that trash cans are for public use and that businesses should refrain from using the receptacles for business refuse.

Please remain alert and drive/walk carefully when traveling through the construction zone. Thank you for your patience during this time of construction to improve the downtown Crozet area.  


Construction Update, July 25, 2014

The following progress was made this week on the Crozet Streetscape project: 

  • The new waterline was installed and tested. The first test passed and the final test result is expected today.
  • Tie-in of the curb and seed-and-straw behind the Blue Goose building.
  • Asphalt was installed in front of all new curbing.
  • All street light fixtures on the east side of Crozet Ave. were installed and are now turned on.

The following progress is anticipated in the next two weeks:

  • Storm sewer installation from the barber shop to in front of the bank, including piping and structures.
  • 95% of the remaining sidewalks.
  • Paving of the Library Avenue extension and the ArborLife driveway.
  • Handrailing on the Pediatric building.

Installation of crosswalks at The Square will begin in approximately 2-3 weeks, at which time pedestrian access will be temporarily restricted. Vehicular traffic will encounter lane closures and delays during this work.  

Landscaping, which is slated for planting in the late fall, will consist of 38 trees, 139 shrubs and 720 ground cover plants throughout the corridor within the landscape islands and biofilters.  

Please remain alert and drive/walk carefully when traveling through the construction zone. Thank you for your patience during this time of construction to improve the downtown Crozet area. 


Construction Update, July 18, 2014:

The following progress was made this week on the Crozet Streetscape project:

  • Concrete sidewalk in front of the Blue Goose building is being poured today
  • Concrete biofilters were poured and biofilter media installed
  • Water line connections (2 inserta valves and 2 taps) were made this week in front of the post office and barber shop
  • Two more light poles were set, conduits installed and poles were wired
  • Demolition of the sidewalk in front of the post office

The following progress is anticipated in the coming weeks:

  • The sidewalk in front of the post office will be closed for the next several weeks. Pedestrian access will be routed to the sidewalk south of the post office entrance.
  • Paving of the Library Avenue extension and the ArborLife driveway
  • Remaining light poles and all fixtures will be installed and are anticipated to be powered and lit within 2-3 weeks.
  • Water line installation (approximately 150 linear feet) will occur next week in front of the post office. Storm sewer installation (approximately 90 linear feet) will continue across the post office entrance once the water line installation is complete. During this phase of work, vehicular access to the post office, bank, barber shop, and restaurant will be open with no restrictions on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays. Limited access may occur on all other days. All businesses will be open in accordance with their operation hours. The parking lot in front of the bank will remain open to the public. 
  • Installation of crosswalks at The Square will begin in approximately 3-4 weeks, at which time pedestrian access will be temporarily restricted. Vehicular traffic will encounter lane closures and delays during this work.

Landscaping, which is slated for planting in the late fall, will consist of 38 trees, 139 shrubs and 720 ground cover plants throughout the corridor within the landscape islands and biofilters.

Please remain alert and drive/walk carefully when traveling through the construction zone. Thank you for your patience during this time of construction to improve the downtown Crozet area. 


Construction Update, July 11, 2014:

The following progress was made this week on the Crozet Streetscape project:

  • Demolition of sidewalks and curbing in front of the Blue Goose and barber shop buildings
  • Storm sewer piping and manholes were installed from the Library Avenue extension up to the post office entrance

The following progress is anticipated in the coming two weeks:

  • Completion of all concrete (curbing, biofilters, and sidewalks) in front of the Blue Goose building
  • Paving of the Library Avenue extension  
  • Water line installation will begin in front of the post office
  • Storm sewer installation will continue next week across the entrance to the post office, concluding storm sewer construction. 

You may notice there are some areas of work not entirely completed. Please note that the engineer, inspector, project manager, and contractor will walk the entire jobsite and identify any last remaining items to be completed just prior to the contract substantial completion date. The current substantial completion date is November 13th. The contractor will have 30 days from the date of substantial completion to correct any deficiencies or remaining work identified at that time.


Construction Update, July 3, 2014:

We would like to thank our contractor, Linco, Inc. for preparing the Crozet Streetscape Project for the July 4th weekend. Linco's crews have worked hard to complete as much of the work as possible before today so that residents and visitors can enjoy the downtown area. Work is ahead of schedule and our contractor is trying to reach substantial completion by the end of August or beginning of September. Thank you to all business owners and tenants for your assistance and patience - even though the project is not finished, to date the project has progressed fairly well. Lastly, many thanks to VDOT's assistance by sending their contractor to sweep the roads today. 
 
PARADE NEWS
 
The Independence Day parade will be held on Saturday, July 5th, starting at the Crozet Elementary School and ending at Crozet Park. "Lineup" begins at 4:00 PM. The parade begins at 5:00 PM and will last approximately one hour. Please refrain from moving traffic barrels and stay out of fenced areas for you safety.

PROJECT PROGRESS

  • All sidewalks (including 95% of pavers) have been completed and light poles installed on the east side of Crozet Avenue. Light fixtures were not installed this week as expected but will be over the next several weeks.
  • Sidewalks (not including pavers) and light poles on the west side of Crozet Avenue are completed up to the new Library Avenue extension. The contractor was not able to pave this extension before the holiday but will pave it next week before the entrance to the Blue Goose is demolished.
  • Work will continue next week in front of the Blue Goose building up to the south corner of the La Cocina Del Sol building, including demolition and storm line excavation, installation, and back-filling.
  • Storm sewer installation will continue in front of the La Cocina Del Sol building on Tuesday, July 15th or Wednesday, July 16th. Water line installation will also occur during that week in front of the community parking lot. 
  • The roads are somewhat bumpy and rough in some areas at this time, but there are no significant or open potholes. As part of the last phase of work, the entire road from curb-to-curb and from the bridge to just past Tabor Street will be milled, and a new, smooth, surface-coat of asphalt will be installed.
  • SAFETY - Please remain alert when driving in the construction zone. Lane closures and flaggers will be present in the coming weeks.

Construction Update, June 23, 2014:

The following progress on the Crozet Streetscape project was made last week:

  • Shifting of vehicular traffic to the east side of Crozet Avenue occurred last week as planned.
  • Work on the east side of Crozet Avenue is approximately 95% complete. Remaining work includes: installation of light poles, filling-in of sidewalks at light pole locations, installation of trash cans/benches/bike racks, landscaping, paver-work, and miscellaneous cleanup items. A final punch-list inspection will be performed upon substantial completion of the project.
  • Work has begun on the east side of Crozet Avenue, starting at the south end of the project. Work will proceed from the south to the north.
  • Curbing and sidewalks have been poured from Tabor Street to Jarman's Gap. Clearing, storm sewer installation, and general grading for sidewalks and curbing has been completed up to the Blue Goose building.

This week the following progress is anticipated: 

  • The new entrance to the church and Blue Goose building, directly across from Library Avenue, will be graded-out. The entrance will be completed before July 4th, including concrete work and final asphalt. Demolition of the existing entrance will occur after the July 4th weekend. 

For the July 4th weekend, please expect the following:

  • All sidewalks will be open to pedestrian foot-traffic.
  • Crozet Avenue will be open to two lanes of traffic at all times.
  • All work south of the Blue Goose building will be completed to an approximate 90% level, including installation of storm sewer, curbing, sidewalks, biofilters, grading and E&S control measures.
  • Minimal work may occur outside the R/W on Thursday, July 3rd and Monday, July 7th. No work will occur from Friday, July 4th through Sunday, July 6th. No work will begin north of the Blue Goose building until after the July 4th weekend.

For the week of July 7th:

  • Full-time work will commence on Tuesday, July 8th, including demolition and storm sewer installation in front of the Blue Goose up to the Cocina del Sol building.
  • On Wednesday, July 9th, demolition and sewer installation will occur in front of the Cocina del Sol and Barber Shop building.

Construction Update, June 6, 2014:

The following progress on the Crozet Streetscape project was made this week:

  • The retaining wall at Piedmont Pediatric was completed this week.
  • The sidewalk adjacent to the Mudhouse building was completed this week.

The following work is set for next week:

  • Paver work was delayed due to weather and scheduling conflicts but is scheduled to start up again next week for all areas of the east side of Crozet Avenue.
  • Traffic will be shifted to the east side of Crozet Avenue as the contractor begins work on the west side of the street, across from the Tabor Street intersection. Traffic control and flaggers will be present.
  • The remaining curb, gutter and sidewalk in front of the Mudhouse building will be completed Monday and Tuesday of next week, concluding all concrete work on the east side of Crozet Avenue, except for sections where light poles are to be installed.
  • Asphalt driveways and other "tie-ins" will be completed next week.

All work on the east side of Crozet Avenue will be completed before work commences on the west side of Crozet Avenue, except for light poles, landscaping, benches/trash cans/bike racks, crosswalks, and handrail.


Construction Update, May 27, 2014:

The two-week look-ahead for progress on the Crozet Streetscape project is:

  • Installation of pavers at the corner of Tabor Street and Library Avenue underway - anticipated to be completed next week.
  • Improvements in front of the B&B Cleaners has begun, including pouring curbing, sidewalks, and entrance to building. Anticipated completion on the B&B Cleaner’s property is within 1-2 weeks.
  • The new wall and entrance to Piedmont Pediatric will begin next week and take approximately 1 week to finish.
  • Curb and gutter installation in front of Piedmont Pediatric and Region Ten will begin.
  • Start crosswalk installation the 1st or 2nd week of June.
  • Demolition/excavation for Wall E at the intersection of The Square has been postponed. 

Construction Update, May 16, 2014:

The following progress on the Crozet Streetscape was made this week:

  • Asphalt road repair between Tabor Street and Library Avenue,
  • All concrete sidewalks between Tabor Street and Library Avenue,
  • Sewer line relocation and storm line installation in front of the Region Ten Building.

The two-week look-ahead is:

  • Installation of pavers at the corner of Tabor Street and Library Avenue,
  • Begin improvements in front of the B&B Cleaners, including pouring curbing, sidewalks, and entrance to the building,
  • Begin demolition and excavation for Wall E at the intersection of The Square.

Additionally, in the first two weeks of June, crosswalk installation is anticipated to begin. A solution for the retaining wall in front of the pediatric care building is still being sought due to an unforeseen condition.


Construction Update, May 9, 2014:

The following progress on the Crozet Streetscape was made this week:

  • the steps to the church and Lawson properties from the sidewalk were poured,
  • curbing, sidewalk and base slabs were poured from in front of the library to the corner of Library Avenue,
  • the new sewer is approximately 80% complete,
  • excavation for wall in front of pediatric building is completed.

The two-week look-ahead is to finish all work between Tabor Street and Library Avenue, including:

  • final grading and seed/straw disturbed areas,
  • remove temporary gravel entrance to running shop and place topsoil/grade/straw,
  • repair all areas where curbing is cracked,
  • complete all concrete work at the corner of Tabor Street,
  • start installing pavers at the corner of Tabor Street and Library Avenue,
  • install base slabs for pedestrian crosswalks across Crozet Avenue between Tabor Street and Library Avenue from new curb to existing yellow line in Crozet Avenue,
  • complete retaining wall in front of pediatric building,
  • complete sewer installation and make final connections.

Curb and sidewalk installation north of Library Avenue will commence once the above items are complete. This is anticipated to start within 2-3 weeks.


Construction Update, May 2, 2014:

As a result of the large amount of precipitation which fell on the region earlier this week, anticipated work was slightly delayed.

Over the next two weeks the following work is expected to be complete:

  • Asphalt road repair between Tabor Street and Library Avenue,
  • All concrete sidewalks between Tabor Street and Library Avenue,
  • Sewer line relocation and storm line installation in front of the Region Ten building, and
  • Retaining wall in front of the pediatric care building.

Construction Update, April 25, 2014:

The retaining wall, bio-filters, curb and gutter, and sidewalks between Tabor Street and Library Avenue will be approximately 90% complete next week. Several sections of sidewalk will be "blocked-out" and poured at a later date as a result of a delayed delivery of light poles.

The B&B Cleaners improvements will begin in the next week or two, including two driveway entrances, new pavement, four parking spaces, sidewalk at the street, and an ADA compliant concrete sidewalk at the building entrance.

In approximately two weeks a lane closure will occur on Crozet Avenue to relocate the sanitary sewer main in Crozet Ave. The sewer line relocation must occur before the final section of storm piping can be installed from the Region Ten building to the State Farm building.


Traffic Alert, April 23, 2014:

Please be advised that as a result of continued speeding through the Crozet Streetscape / Crozet Avenue construction zone, Albemarle County Police will be increasing their patrol of the area. The objective is to encourage safe speeds in the construction zone and help insure the safety of both the workers and motorists in the area.


Construction Update, April 18, 2014:

In the next two weeks, improvements between Tabor Street and Library Avenue should be close to 90% complete on the east side of Crozet Avenue. These improvements include curbing, sidewalks, bio-filters, retaining wall, and final grading.

The storm sewer system on the east side of Crozet Avenue has been installed to the Region Ten building. The final section of the storm sewer system, from the Region Ten building to the State Farm building, will be installed after the work in front of the library is complete, which is anticipated in roughly two weeks.

A lane closure on Crozet Avenue is anticipated in approximately two weeks in order to install a new sanitary sewer main.

Tabor Street is complete with final striping to occur within the next week.


Construction Update, April 11, 2014:

Last week the contractor finished work on Tabor Street including all stormwater, curbing, driveway aprons, final paving, and sidewalks fronting the street. The tree in front of Mr. Alexander’s property was also removed. Approximately 75% of the retaining wall in front of the church and the Lawson parcel is now complete and the storm line and inlet have been installed at the corner of Library Ave in front of the B&B Dry Cleaners. Tabor Street is now open to traffic. All motorists should now use Tabor Street and stop using the detour route. The gravel road through the lumber yard will no longer be maintained as a travel way.

Additionally, work is continuing on the east side of Crozet Ave up to the old dentist building, where demolition has begun. Temporary striping has been installed on Crozet Ave to shift the driving lanes to the west, which will allow work to proceed on the east side of Crozet Ave. Motorists are reminded to drive carefully throughout the construction zone and follow all posted signage.


Construction Update, April 1, 2014:


Supervisor Ann Mallek and Office of Facilities Development Director Trevor Henry at the Crozet Streetscape Groundbreaking Ceremony:

Albemarle County officials including Supervisor Ann Mallek joined Crozet residents and business owners at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Crozet Streetscape project on Tuesday, April  1, at noon on Crozet Avenue in front of the new Crozet Library. 

The new streetscape enhancements will improve Crozet Avenue to Tabor Street, including sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian/street lighting, crosswalks,  and  bio-filters. The streetscape project is an essential step in achieving the goals of the Crozet Master Plan by improving pedestrian connectivity within downtown Crozet, providing economic benefits and increased vitality for business owners, balancing the needs of all users including vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and aesthetically enhancing the entry way and main thoroughfare of downtown.


Construction Update, March 19, 2014:

The closure of Tabor Street, which was previously advertised to begin on Monday, March 17th, has been postponed due to inclement weather. The new closure start date is Thursday, March 20th. The closure will occur between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday for approximately two weeks. Signage has been in place since Monday, March 10, notifying motorists of the closure.

Motorists are reminded that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has determined that the only viable detour route is via High Street, through the lumber yard, and connected to the newly constructed Library Avenue. A copy of that route is available here.

Last Friday the contractor began placing detour signage and barrels along the detour route in preparation for the closure. Every effort will be made to discourage motorists from using The Square as a shortcut. We ask that all motorists follow the detour signs and use Library Avenue as posted. As per requirements from VDOT, the detour route improvements will be completed prior to the road closure, including all necessary grading.

Tabor Street will be closed to through traffic but access to private property will be maintained from High Street during the closure. Complete closure of the road will speed up the proposed Tabor Street improvements and will result in a safer construction work zone.

To learn more about the Crozet Streetscape project, visit the website at /crozetstreetscape.


Construction Update, March 13, 2014:

The closure of Tabor Street is confirmed for Monday, March 17th. As previously advertised, the closure will occur between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday for approximately two weeks. Signage has been in place since Monday, March 10, notifying motorists of the closure.

Motorists are reminded that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has determined that the only viable detour route is via High Street, through the lumber yard, and connected to the newly constructed Library Avenue. A copy of that route is available here.

This Friday the contractor will begin placing detour signage and barrels along the detour route in preparation for the closure. Every effort will be made to discourage motorists from using The Square as a shortcut. We ask that all motorists follow the detour signs and use Library Avenue as posted. As per requirements from VDOT, the detour route improvements will be completed prior to the road closure, including all necessary grading.

Tabor Street will be closed to through traffic but access to private property will be maintained from High Street during the closure. Complete closure of the road will speed up the proposed Tabor Street improvements and will result in a safer construction work zone.


Construction Update, March 7, 2014:

Due to the continuing impacts of winter weather,  the daytime closure of Tabor Street with detour is now tentatively scheduled to take place daily (Monday through Friday) for two weeks beginning March 17.  Confirmation on the timing of the closure will be announced next week.  The detour route will be improved prior to the road closure, including all necessary grading and removal of the disabled trailer.  Work will be continuing next week along Crozet Avenue just north and south of Tabor Street.  In The Square along the border of the County parcel and the remaining strip of CSX property, the County has just completed the installation of the fence and access gate required by CSX.  A copy of the plat showing the fence and gate location is available here.

The road will be closed to through traffic but access to private property will be maintained from High Street during the closure.  Complete closure of the road will speed up the proposed Tabor Street improvements and will result in a safer construction work zone.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has granted permission for this detour with specific restrictions and requirements:

  • Tabor Street may be closed and the detour used only on weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, excluding holidays.
  • The existing gravel surface of the detour route through the lumber yard must be graded and additional stone added as necessary to provide a drivable surface acceptable to VDOT and maintained in that condition for the duration of the detour.
  • Detour signage will be provided as directed by VDOT.

The road closure has been coordinated with the public school bus routing managers. VDOT has determined that the only viable detour route is via High Street, through the lumber yard, and connected to the newly constructed Library Avenue. A copy of that route is available here.


Construction Update, February 28, 2014:

Weather permitting, the daytime closure of Tabor Street with detour is tentatively going to take place daily (Monday through Friday) for two weeks beginning March 10. Confirmation on the timing of the closure will be announced next week.   The road will be closed to through traffic but access to private property will be maintained from High Street during the closure.  Complete closure of the road will speed up the proposed Tabor Street improvements and will result in a safer construction work zone.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has granted permission for this detour with specific restrictions and requirements:

  • Tabor Street may be closed and the detour used only on weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, excluding holidays.
  • The existing gravel surface of the detour route through the lumber yard must be graded and additional stone added as necessary to provide a drivable surface acceptable to VDOT and maintained in that condition for the duration of the detour.
  • Detour signage will be provided as directed by VDOT.

The road closure has been coordinated with the public school bus routing managers. VDOT has determined that the only viable detour route is via High Street, through the lumber yard, and connected to the newly constructed Library Avenue. A copy of that route is available here.


Construction Update, February 20, 2014:

The Tabor Street detour will not begin on February 24 as originally discussed due to impacts of the recent winter storm. County staff and the project contractor are reassessing the schedule and will announce the new closure date the week prior to the detour going into effect.


Construction Update, February 10, 2014:

Linco, the project contractor, began mobilizing their equipment and materials last week to the project site, and they have started stake-out and tree clearing activities. Motorists should expect lane closures on Crozet Avenue intermittently over the next two weeks as construction is in process. Lane closures (barring an emergency) can only take place on weekdays between 9AM to 3PM, and one lane of travel will be maintained during any closure with the use of flaggers to direct traffic. The project groundbreaking, which will signal the beginning of significant construction, is scheduled for the last week of February, details will be shared as soon as they are finalized.


Construction Update, February 1, 2014:

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will be considering a request for a complete closure of Tabor Street to traffic between Crozet Avenue and High Street for approximately fifteen (15) days to allow for road widening and the installation of stormwater facilities as part of the streetscape construction project. As proposed in the request, the road will be closed to through traffic but access to private property will be maintained from High Street during the closure. The request will be discussed at the Board's February 5th meeting and will be on the agenda for action at the Board's February 12th meeting. At this point the anticipated closing dates are February 24, 2014 until March 14, 2014, weather permitting.

Complete closure of the road will speed up the proposed Tabor Street improvements and will result in a safer construction work zone. If the complete closure does not occur, construction will proceed with a partial closure, meaning that the Tabor Street improvements could take as much as five (5) weeks to complete due to the constrained conditions, restricted work hours, and flagmen requirements.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has granted permission for this detour with specific restrictions and requirements:

  • Tabor Street may be closed and the detour used only on weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, excluding holidays.
  • The existing gravel surface of the detour route through the lumber yard must be graded and additional stone added as necessary to provide a drivable surface acceptable to VDOT and maintained in that condition for the duration of the detour.
  • Detour signage will be provided as directed by VDOT.

The road closure has been coordinated with the public school bus routing managers. VDOT has determined that the only viable detour route is via High Street, through the lumber yard, and connected to the newly constructed Library Avenue. A copy of that route is available here PDF File . . .

Further information will be provided on the website and via our other outreach methods immediately after the Board provides direction regarding the closure request. 


Construction Update, January 31, 2014:

Albemarle County is pleased to present an update on the progress of the Crozet Streetscape Project as of January 31, 2014. Relocation of the utilities, including removing poles from Crozet Avenue, is now 100% complete in a critical first step of the project. The County has issued a Notice to Proceed to the project contractor, Linco, with an anticipated substantial completion date of October 2014. The Contractor should be on the ground in February, with noticeable work beginning in mid to late February. The County will announce the date of the ground breaking of construction and other key milestones as soon as they are available. Please keep track of the latest developments with the Crozet Streetscape via one or more of the following methods:


Construction Update, January 2, 2014:

  • The utility relocation phase of the project is reaching an end with Century Link and Dominion both expecting to have their poles down within the next two weeks if not already.
  • Although preliminary work on the project is already ongoing, the official groundbreaking will be scheduled for late January/early February 2014, when the most visible start of the construction will occur.
  • Regarding the potential detour:
    • We appreciate the communication, comments and concerns from the citizens and business owners and we will continue the dialogue.
    • The Square will no longer be a part of the official signed detour route. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has confirmed that state right-of-way exists to allow for the use of Library Avenue instead for any necessary detour purposes.
    • VDOT, the County and the Contractor are still discussing and reviewing the options for a potential closure and detour. If VDOT and the project team approve the revised plan, the closure and detour would be brought before the BOS in February.
  • Bi-weekly updates, including the social media campaign, will start once construction activity is ongoing following the ground breaking ceremony.
  • The schedule is on track for completion in October, 2014.

 

 


 


 
 
 
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