TO:                  Claudette T. Grant, Senior Planner

 

FROM:            Juandiego R. Wade, Transportation Planner

 

REF:                Fifth Street/Avon Center

 

DATE:             February 15, 2008

 

 

I have had an opportunity to re-evaluate the Fifth Street/Avon Center project Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) and discussed this with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the applicant to address the concerns raised by the Board of Supervisors at their January 16, 2008 worksession. The Board of Supervisors requested information regarding the impact the Bent Creek Connector Road (between 5th Street and Avon Street Extended) would have on the 5th Street/I-64 interchange. Staff re-evaluated all the previous studies submitted by the applicant on the traffic impact of this project. Staff also reviewed the Biscuit Run Traffic Impact Analysis.

 

The 5th Street/Avon Center TIA was completed by the applicant in 2004 with an addendum in 2006 and reviewed by the County and VDOT. The TIA concluded the current overall Level of Service (LOS) for the 5th Street/I-64 interchange is LOS B. The TIA also established the future LOS for the interchange without the development (no build) would be LOS C.

 

Furthermore, the same TIA determined the overall LOS of this interchange would remain a LOS C with the Fifth Street/Avon Center project in place and the Bent Creek Connector Road (between 5th Street and Avon Street Extended).

 

Although this TIA revealed the proposed development and the Bent Creek Connector Road would not change the overall level of service of the 5th Street/I-64 interchange, it concluded the Bent Creek Connector would alleviate traffic delays for a number of intersections. These intersections include Route 20/Mill Creek Road and Route 20/ Elliot Avenue. The TIA showed that many vehicles are using city neighborhood streets as an east-west connector. The Fire/Rescue Department has expressed support for an east-west connector road in the County to improve response time.

 

The Biscuit Run TIA indicated its development would impact the 5th Street/I-64 interchange. The TIA recommended at the northern intersection of 5th Street to construct a southbound right turn land and one west bound right turn lane at the Eastbound Ramps and at the southern intersection of 5th Street to construct one northbound right turn lane and eastbound right turn at the Westbound Ramps. As a result, the Biscuit Run applicant proffered the following proffer to mitigate its impact:

 

            B.         Off-Site Turn Lanes.  At the northern intersection of 5th Street and the Interstate 64 ramps in Albemarle County shown as (1) on Exhibit A attached hereto, the Owner shall construct one southbound right turn lane (turning from southbound 5th Street onto the westbound I-64 entrance ramp) and one westbound right turn lane (turning from the westbound I-64 exit ramp onto northbound 5th Street), in accordance with the terms of this Proffer 6B.  In addition, at the southern intersection of 5th Street and the Interstate 64 ramps shown as (2) on Exhibit A, the Owner shall construct one northbound right turn lane (turning from northbound 5th Street onto the eastbound I-64 entrance ramp) and one eastbound right turn lane (turning from the eastbound I-64 exit ramp onto 5th Street southbound), in accordance with the terms of this Proffer 6B.  The locations of the proffered lanes are shown on Exhibit A for reference.  The Owner’s obligations to construct the turn lanes provided in this Proffer 6B shall be contingent on provision by VDOT of appropriate right-of-way for such lanes.  The design of all turn lanes shall be subject to prior approval by VDOT.  In the event all contingencies to this Proffer 6B have not been satisfied within twenty (20) years after the date of the issuance of the first residential building permit within the Property then this Proffer 6B shall expire and Owner shall have no further obligation to make this Proffer 6B.

 

VDOT plans to study the 5th Street/I-64 interchange when their workload permits. Staff will work closely with VDOT when this study begins to give history of the Fifth Street/Avon Center project and the Biscuit Run development and how they relate to this interchange.

 

Please contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.


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