Rt. 29 Solutions package
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Rt. 29 Solutions package

Following the demise of the ill-conceived Western Bypass project just north of Charlottesville, VDOT has set to work on a package of alternative road projects to improve traffic flow on Rt. 29. 

The Commonwealth Transportation Board has awarded Lane/Corman Joint Venture the $116.7 million design-build contract to improve the Route 29 corridor in Albemarle County. Lane/Corman will widen Route 29 between Polo Grounds Road and Towncenter Drive, extend Berkmar Drive from Hilton Heights Road to Towncenter Drive, and construct a grade-separated intersection at Route 29 and Rio Road.

“Governor McAuliffe and his administration are focused on building the right transportation projects for the right reasons,” said Secretary of Transportation Aubrey L. Layne Jr. “These projects, and the rest of the Route 29 Solutions projects, will provide real safety improvements and real congestion relief for everyone who uses this corridor. The award of this contract is a major step toward delivery of these critical highway improvements.”

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A year ago, it seemed impossible to believe that VDOT would put the brakes on the Western Bypass, or start moving forward with more effective, environmentally sound transportation solutions for Rt. 29.

While momentum has shifted towards positive, effective improvements to Rt. 29, it's now critical for the public to weigh in on something important -- design. When it comes to road projects, pedestrian and bike access and the overall aesthetic design can become afterthoughts. With the planned improvements to Rt. 29, we have an opportunity to make sure that isn't the case. This text is from an email alert we sent out on October 22.

Albemarle County Supervisors are hosting town hall meetings to discuss the Route 29 Solutions Package. The intent of these meetings is to provide the public with an understanding of the projects, the impact they will have on the larger transportation network, and an opportunity to ask questions. Details on the concept recommendation package can be found on the Virginia Department of Transportation's website.

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Sketches with Jeff


Learn more about the (now-defunct) Western Bypass project and its alternatives in this series of illustrations put together by our staff.

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