COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Eastern Connector Alignment  Update

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Status of the Eastern Connector Alignment Study

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Graham, Benish, Wade

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

December 6, 2006

 

ACTION:                                INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:                              INFORMATION:  X

 

ATTACHMENTS:     Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Board of Supervisors and Charlottesville City Council have each allocated $250,000 to study an alignment for the proposed Eastern Connector, a road project identified for further study in the UnJAM 2025 Regional Transportation Plan. This road is a possible alternative to address existing and future traffic volumes on Route 250 East, Route 29 North, and the Route 250 Bypass in the City generated by a significant east to north traffic pattern.

 

The Eastern Connector study will provide a minimum of three alternative road alignments that will provide a connection between the Pantops Development Area/Route 250 east of Route 20 and the Northern Development Areas/Route 29 between Rio Road and Proffit Road.  Additionally, the study will provide a thorough assessment of issues related to each alignment and a recommendation of a preferred alignment based on the analysis and input/direction provided through the study process.  Each alignment evaluated by the consultant will consider traffic impacts, environmental impacts, impacts to neighborhoods, impacts to private and public property, including parkland, and project construction costs and overall fiscal implications. 

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal One: Enhance quality of life for all citizens.

 

DISCUSSION:

A consultant selection committee consisting of representatives and staff from the City, County and VDOT has chosen the consultant firm of Post, Buckley, Schuh and Jernigan (PBS&J) to study the alignment. The scope of work is completed and the contract is under review by the County Attorney’s Office.  Staff anticipates a signed contract by early December.

 

The City Council and Board of Supervisors have completed the appointment of an Eastern Connector Steering Committee (ECSC). The members of the ECSC are:

 

The duties/functions of the ECSC are to work with the consultant to determine a minimum of three alternative alignments that will provide a connection between Route 250 east of Route 20 and Route 29 North between Rio Road and Profit Road.  The Study will provide a thorough assessment of issues related to each alignment and a recommendation of a preferred alignment. 

 

A tentative schedule for this project can be found on Attachment A.  The entire project is anticipated to last 14-16 months. The project includes several public input sessions. The kick-off meeting is expected to take place in January 2007.There will also be several steering committee meetings and a final round of project meetings. The consultant is currently gathering background data in anticipation for the project kick-off meeting. Staff is anticipating the document in February/March 2008.

 

Staff will provide quarterly project status reports to the Board beginning in approximately March, 2007, and will also be available at each day Board meeting to answer any questions regarding the project under the Transportation Matters agenda item.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The County has allocated the $250,000 County portion for the project.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

This summary is provided for information only; no action is required.

 

ATTACHMENTS:

Attachment A – Project Proposed Schedule

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