VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RE-ALLOCATION FOR THE INTERSTATE, PRIMARY, AND URBAN SYSTEMS, AND FOR MASS TRANSIT
RECOMMENDED ALBEMARLE COUNTY PRIORITIES SEPTEMBER
The following addresses Albemarle County’s priorities for each allocation of TEA-21 and each sub-allocation of the Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds.
Surface Transportation Program (STP)
The following projects, listed in priority order, are eligible for STP funds. The County supports these projects as referenced.
those projects in the Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Transportation Study
(CHART) – UnJam 2025 (adopted May 3, 2004)
projects eligible for the
primary program in the sequence as called for in the February 2, 1992 joint
resolution between the City, County and University and agreed to by VDOT.
Route 29 North.
The U. S. Route 29
North corridor has been the focal point of interest, discussion and debate in
the Charlottesville area for many years. Numerous and varied transportation
improvements have been proposed and/or funded over the years. This highly
urbanized area continues to grow and transportation system improvement needs
increase. The County, City, VDOT and the MPO have completed Phase I and
Phase II of the 29H250 (US 29 – Hydraulic – 250 Bypass Intersection)
and the Draft Executive Summary for 29H250 Phase II is now complete.
The County requests that VDOT plan for the funding of the 29H250 Phase II
Option B design recommendations, which emphasizes improving Rt. 29 to
serve regional trips and changing the character of Hydraulic Road between Rt.
29 and the Rt. 250 Bypass.
continued VDOT and Commonwealth Transportation Board support of these
initiatives in the U. S. 29 North corridor. Somewhat
concurrently, development proposals in the Route 29 corridor have proffered to
help fund a more complete study of the corridor. The County, in
coordination with the MPO, will utilize these and other County funds and
anticipated VDOT funds is currently utilizing VDOT, developer
proffered and County general funds to study the concept/alignment of
this road U. S. 29 North as part of a larger
transportation network study for the County’s Northern Development Areas from
the City limits to the Greene County line. The transportation component of
this study includes Phase III of the 29H250 Study. This study, a
component of the County’s Places 29 Study, will establish a series of
network transportation improvements that will support the Northern Development
Areas and the Rt. 29 Corridor needs.
Other projects listed in
CHART in the northern study area must be actively pursued and completed. These
Airport Road improvements (now under construction),
the Hillsdale Drive Extension Project (currently under study) and
Berkmar Drive Extended (recommended in CHART). Also, while funding has
previously been dropped for Route 29 improvements north of the South Fork
Rivanna River, transportation system improvements as identified by the County
in its Comprehensive Plan (Attachment B) are imperative to this area.
Specifically, the County now requests funding for a third lane north
and southbound on Rt. 29 from the South Fork Rivanna River to north of its
intersection with Hollymead Drive. These improvements would tie into a third
lane to be constructed in each direction along Rt. 29 up to Airport
Road as part of major land development projects at the Hollymead Town
Center. This section of Rt. 29 is already congested and new development in
accord with the Comprehensive Plan will add to this condition. There are
significant peaks and valleys in Rt. 29 through this area that create an
existing dangerous condition and this will only worsen as traffic increases
as development occurs in this area in accord with the Comprehensive Plan.
This section of road already experiences a high level of vehicle accidents,
particularly in the area of Forest Lakes South. Completion of this section
would essentially complete the three phases of improvements to Rt. 29 from
Hydraulic Road to Airport Road that were originally programmed in the Six-Year
Plan in 1988. These and other Comprehensive Plan transportation system
recommendations envision future development to be served by a transportation
network that ultimately provides a complete system of urban streets and
supports walking and biking and comprehensively links all land uses.
Meadow Creek Parkway
from the Route 250 Bypass to Rio Road.
The Parkway is the County's highest priority project after Route 29 North, and
is of the utmost importance in order to maintain an adequate level of service
on Route 29 and to improve the overall roadway system serving the urbanizing
area north of the City. This project is being funded in the County's secondary
program and has been approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board
(CTB) as a low speed parkway in the City of Charlottesville and the County.
The County asks that this section be designed and built in accord with the
County’s design and alignment recommendations developed with the assistance of
an independent consultant and endorsed by resolution of the County Board of
Supervisors on June 20, 2001 (Attachment A) and approved by the CTB on
December 18, 2001. This endorsed design and alignment emphasizes the parkway
corridor’s potential as a linear park and its relationship to the development
of adjacent urban land. The linear park concept is intended to replace
McIntire Park land lost due to the project and, at the same time, link
McIntire Park to the Rivanna Trails Foundation trail along Meadow Creek and
the County’s urbanizing area along Rio Road. The County also supports
funding for preliminary engineering, right of way acquisition and construction
of the Meadow Creek Parkway interchange at its terminus with Route 250 in
the City of Charlottesville. This interchange is essential to the safe and
acceptable future traffic operation of this high volume intersection.
The County is grateful for the $27,000,000 earmarked in the latest Federal
Transportation Bill for this interchange.
Northern Free State Road
(formerly Meadow Creek Parkway Phase II) is being funded in VDOT’s Six Year
Secondary Road Plan for the county. The County
now plans to study the
is now studying the concept/alignment of this road as part of the previously
noted larger transportation network study for the County’s Northern
Development Areas from the City limits to the Greene County line (see Route 29
North section) Places 29 Study.
2) Complete preliminary engineering and undertake the widening of Route 20 South from I-64 to Mill Creek Drive. Incorporate sidewalks and bike lane facilities into these improvements. This is a curvy section of road in the County’s Urban Area that serves the traffic from Monticello High School and has experienced several accidents with fatalities in recent years.
acknowledges the significance of Route 29 in Virginia and the multi-phased
Corridor Study completed recently. The County continues to go on record as not
supporting a limited access design for the Albemarle County section of the
corridor. The County has provided VDOT and CTB a resolution regarding this
study which repeats the access management recommendations of the Phase I
Corridor Study (Attachment C).
3) The County supports the funding of the TransDominion Express and recommends that it be seriously considered as a multi-modal means to address the issues and recommendations identified in the multi-phased Route 29 Corridor Study.
4) There are three areas of emphasis the County requests be addressed on Route 250:
A) Improve Route 250 west from Emmet Street to the Route 29/250 Bypass. This section is covered by the joint Ivy Road Design Study conducted by the City, County and University of Virginia and originally recognized for improvement in the Lewis Mountain Neighborhood/University Heights (Area B) Study. The University of Virginia is currently constructing a new basketball arena and parking facilities in this area that will likely create additional traffic demands on Ivy Road. Any plans for the improvement of this section of Route 250 West need to be coordinated between the City, County and University.
B) The remaining portion of Rt. 250 West to Yancey Mills (the I-64/250 interchange) was studied by VDOT with a local advisory committee to determine long term needs for this road. The Board of Supervisors has rejected the study recommendations completed in 2000 and, passed a resolution supporting Route 250 West as a Scenic Virginia Byway with significant historic, natural, and scenic qualities. The County instead recommends maintaining the present two-lane configuration of the corridor with any short term or spot improvements being as non-intrusive and consistent as possible with the special character of this scenic by-way.
has completed a similar study of Rt. 250 East from Free Bridge to the Fluvanna
County line. This study’s findings have been presented to the Albemarle County
Board of Supervisors.
This study has recently been re-submitted to the
County for further consideration and action. The County will consider the
recommendations of this study as part of the Neighborhood Planning process
“Pantops Urban Area Neighborhood Master Plan.”
to that will benefit/improve Route 240 in
Crozet in accord with recommendations from the
recently completed Crozet Master Plan.
· Implement sidewalk plan (per Downtown Sidewalk and Parking Study).
· Create bike lanes to and in downtown.
· Construct Eastern Avenue, to include the Lickinghole Bridge and a railroad crossing
· Construction of Main Street east from Crozet Avenue.
6) Undertake the widening of Route 20 North from north of Route 250 East to the Elks Drive/Fontana Drive intersection. Incorporate sidewalks and bike lane facilities into these improvements. The County has also listed these improvements under “Safety” priorities.
improvements of Southern Urban Area B Study recently completed in coordination
with the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, and the University of
from Jefferson Park Avenue to its western terminus due to the road’s current
condition and future traffic associated with potential future development.
The County supports the recommendations identified by the Fontaine Avenue Task
Force. The City, County, and University are currently updating the Southern
Area B Study. The County requests VDOT fund the Study’s transportation
recommendations of this study once completed and adopted. Important road
improvements are being considered in this new study, including a road
connecting the County’s Southern Urban Areas to the City and University (Fifth
Road to JPA and/or Stadium Road).
8) Recognize that mass transit can relieve traffic congestion and is an alternative to road construction, particularly in more densely developed urban areas, and shift funds from road construction into mass transit to accomplish this.
NOTE: The Town of Scottsville has requested that VDOT improve Route 20 (Valley Street) at the intersection of both Warren Street and Hardware Street. VDOT had proposed these improvements in the 1970’s, but the improvements were not completed. The improvements will enhance the safety of the traveling public in the Town.
Several projects in the County seem to qualify under this 10% set-aside. They are, in priority order:
pedestrian walkways along various primary routes within the County’s Urban Neighborhoods. Absent the incorporation
of such road walkways into full road widening/improvement projects, the
following road sections are priorities for pedestrian walkways: 1) Route 240
in “downtown” Crozet; 2) Route 20 South from the City limits to Mill Creek
Drive; 3) along Route 250 East in the Pantops area as an extension to existing
sidewalks; and 4) along Route 250 West from the City limits to the
The County has placed a high
priority on pedestrian improvements in the Crozet area. The County chose
Crozet as the first community to be master planned based on the County’s
adopted Neighborhood Model.
This was an eight month process that included
active public participation and identified the location of necessary sidewalks
to make this a safe, walkable community that can be a model of infill and
smart growth in an historic village. The County received TEA 21 funding
in July 2004 for Phase I of the Crozet Streetscape Plan and continues to seek
additional funding to undertake needed improvements (see Enhancement Project
3) Reconfigure intersection and install traffic signals at the intersection of Routes 22 and 250
4) Improvements to Route 250 West along the corridor in Ivy to address existing and short-term traffic circulation problems, including access to developed properties in this area. Of particular concern is the Tillman Road intersection (Route 676), which serves school bus traffic and has poor sight distance. These improvements should be undertaken in accordance with recommendations approved by the Board of Supervisors in the Route 250 West Corridor Study.
5) Improvements to the Route 240 underpass at the CSX Railroad tracks in Crozet.
plans, including an analysis of possible safety improvements, for Routes 22
and 231. The County remains concerned with overall public safety as it relates
to traffic created by large trucks along these road segments, and encourages
VDOT to consider all appropriate measures to ensure that trucks travel safely
along these roadways in the future.
The County has repeatedly requested
VDOT to restrict through trucks on Route 22 and Route 231.
This is a valuable funding source for which several projects appear to be eligible. Unfortunately funding for new projects is not available this year. The County urges that funds be made available for new pedestrian and bicycling projects. For the County, new projects, in priority order, are:
improvements in downtown Crozet. These streetscape improvements, which were
included in an Enhancement Grant submitted in January 2002, June 2003 and
October 2004, include the relocation and burial of overhead utility
wires, and construction of historically compatible sidewalks. The County
received TEA 21 funding in July 2004 for Phase I of the Crozet Streetscape Plan.
The County will submit an application for Phase II in
November 2005, which will include replacing existing deteriorated curbs
and sidewalk, constructing new sidewalks, and installing other streetscape
improvements (landscaping, plaza/bench, lights crosswalks, etc.) along the
southern section of Crozet Avenue near the intersections of Jarman’s Gap Road
and Tabor Street.
Construction of pedestrian
walkways along Route 20 North. The sidewalks will connect low-cost housing to
shopping, to mixed-use area, and to newly extended bus line. The current
conditions are very unsafe.
Beautification of entrance corridors
(particularly Route 20, 29 and Route 250)
and Airport Road connecting Route
29 and the Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport - landscaping, signage, placement
of overhead utilities underground, etc.
of bikeway, pedestrian, and greenway facilities as prioritized in
the Jefferson Area Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenways Plan.
Bicycle Plan for the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County
(adopted by the Board of Supervisors as an element of the Comprehensive Plan on
July 17, 1991).
3) Development of portions of the Rivanna River Greenway path system.
4) Removal of non-conforming billboards.
National Highway System (NHS)
The Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO Policy Board approved the NHS as proposed by VDOT in this area excluding the Route 29 Bypass. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved the NHS, which includes the existing Route 29, and the Route 29 Bypass. The County believes any projects that are included in the NHS should reflect the recommendations that result from the previously referenced transportation improvement study of the Route 29 North corridor area.
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program
This does not apply to Albemarle County. The County is not in an area of non-attainment for ozone or carbon monoxide.
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