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County to Break Ground on Crozet Streetscape Project at April 1 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. 

This groundbreaking ceremony marks the start of the final phase of streetscape enhancements. The previous streetscape phases included new storm drainage, sidewalk, pedestrian enhancements and streetscape improvements from the Three Notch’d Road (Rte 240)/Crozet Avenue intersection to The Square. Additionally, the construction of Library Avenue as well as improvements to the alley between The Square and Library Avenue and the relocation/removal of the overhead utility wires and poles were addressed in previous phases. This last phase of the streetscape construction follows on the heels of the recently completed downtown regional stormwater management facility and new Crozet Library with a more than 50-space parking lot.

These latest streetscape enhancements will be constructed along Crozet Avenue from Tabor Street to The Square and will include sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian/street lighting, crosswalks, benches and other street amenities, bio-filters, and bike lanes. Drainage improvements will include curbs and a new stormwater drainage system. The total budget for the entire Crozet Streetscape improvement project is $4,494,481 and is funded in part by a Transportation Enhancement Program grant through the Virginia Department of Transportation. The current construction contractor, Linco, Inc., expects substantial completion in the fall of 2014 with final construction anticipated shortly thereafter.

The Crozet community is committed to downtown as the focal point and community center of Crozet, and the streetscape project and other downtown enhancements will help foster economic vitality as well as preserve and accentuate the historic character of Downtown Crozet. 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.

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