COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Hillsdale Drive Pedestrian Improvement Project Agreement

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Authorize County Executive to execute VDOT Agreement for Hillsdale Drive Pedestrian Improvement Project

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Graham, Cilimberg, Benish, Wade

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

June 7, 2006

 

ACTION:                                  INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:     X                        INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:     Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

In June 2004, the County of Albemarle was awarded a $296,000 Federal Safety Grant for pedestrian related safety improvements on Hillsdale Drive between Rio Road and Greenbrier Drive. To date, staff has been working with VDOT to formalize the scope of work for the project and meet the federal procurement process requirements necessary to finalize an agreement with VDOT and to receive the grant funds.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

3.1 Make the County a safe and healthy community in which citizens feel secure to live, work and play.

 

DISCUSSION:

The County is required to enter into an agreement with VDOT in order to receive the grant funds (Attachment A). The project agreement outlines the County’s and VDOT’s project responsibilities. The project improvements will take place on Hillsdale Drive between Greenbrier Drive and Rio Road and will include:

·         Constructing raised median crosswalks at JABA, Squire Hill, Food Lion, Senior Center, and Branchlands Blvd.

·         Re-striping travel lanes for the purpose of traffic calming.

·         Constructing sidewalks between Branchlands Boulevard and Mall Drive, and between Pepsi Place and Hillsdale Drive to complete gaps in the existing sidewalk system and to serve transit stops.

·         Installing lighting at raised medians and along sidewalks for nighttime and inclement weather pedestrian safety.

 

All of the improvements will be constructed in existing right of way, therefore, no Right of Way phase is required.

 

Staff anticipates that the project will be advertised for construction bids this summer, with construction taking place in the Fall of 2006. The County Attorney’s Office has reviewed and approved the project agreement.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The grant is a reimbursable grant. The Board of Supervisors has allocated $237,000 in the CIP for Hillsdale Drive improvements. An additional $17,000 of County funding will come from the sidewalk and streetlight Capital Improvement Program (CIP) fund.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors adopt the attached resolution to authorize the County Executive to execute the Standard Project Administration Agreement for the Hillsdale Drive Pedestrian Safety Project, and to take all other necessary steps to secure the reimburseable Federal Safety Grant and to complete the project.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A - Resolution

B - Project Agreement
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