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VDOT Completes JPA Bridge, Jarmans Gap Road Improvements

Two construction projects in Charlottesville, Albemarle County delivered on schedule

Two major construction projects in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District were recently completed on schedule. The new bridge on Jefferson Park Avenue Extended in the city of Charlottesville opened to traffic at 2 p.m. Friday. Work began in April 2011 and the contractor, R.R. Dawson Bridge Co., LLC, of Lexington, Ky., delivered the $5.8 million project on its scheduled completion date and under the project budget.

The new bridge is longer and wider than the bridge it replaced and has bike lanes and sidewalks to accommodate the significant bicycle and pedestrian traffic that uses the crossing every day. VDOT worked extensively with the city of Charlottesville and the community to develop a design for the bridge that reflects its prominent location and connection to the surrounding Fry’s Spring neighborhood.

In western Albemarle County, the Jarmans Gap Road improvement project was also finished Friday, meeting its scheduled September 21 completion date. That project, which started in May 2011, rebuilt almost one mile of Route 691, widening the road, regrading a significant hill and adding bike lanes and sidewalks to the heavily used road on Crozet’s western edge. The contractor for the $3.95 million project was General Excavation Inc., of Warrenton.

“Completion of these two projects on time demonstrate the commitment that VDOT and our contracting partners have to delivering transportation improvements that improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Jim Utterback, VDOT’s Culpeper District Administrator. “The new JPA bridge reconnects neighborhoods and improves access for emergency responders and public transit to the Fry’s Spring neighborhood. “The improvements on Jarmans Gap Road are a real benefit for the Crozet community,” Utterback added. “The addition of sidewalks and bike lanes makes the road safer for bicyclists and walkers, while the roadway improvements make the road easier for motorists to drive.”

More information about the projects is available on the VDOT web site, where there are project pages for both the JPA bridge and the Jarmans Gap Road improvements.

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