With growing population throughout the Thomas Jefferson Planning District, and decreasing funding, it is becoming increasingly important to make smarter choices about our transportation options. The ideal options will provide a balanced transportation system integrating all travel modes and complementing environmental, economic, and community development goals.
VDOT News Release– Transportation Board Awards RT. 29 Solutions Contract
RICHMOND — The Commonwealth Transportation Board today 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.
The design-build team is comprised primarily of three companies: Lane Construction Corp., of Chantilly, Corman Construction Inc., of Chesterfield, and engineering firm RK&K of Richmond.
“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.”
Preliminary engineering began in June of 2014 and final design will be completed by the design-builder. Lane/Corman’s contract includes the following:
The contract providing the three projects above has a fixed completion date of Oct. 30, 2017.
For more information go to www.Route29Solutions.org.
LRTP Lessons Learned Document
From the fall of 2011 to the spring of 2014, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) focused most of its planning efforts on the updating of its Long Range Transportation Plan. For this update the MPO's approach was dramatically different for previous planning processes. While there were many benefits to this new approach, there were several issues that made this planning process less successful than MPO staff had hoped. This report outlines the approach the MPO took to update the 2040 LRTP and provides insight into the issues that occurred when implementing each of the "key decisions" that were part of the process. Furthermore, this report includes recommendations on how certain steps could be better implemented with future LRTP updates.
It should be noted that this report is developed by MPO staff for future MPO staff to provide some context into the development of the 2040 LRTP. This insight will, hopefully, allow future planning processes to utilize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of the 2040 LRTP's planning process. This report is meant solely as a resource for future planning endeavors.
Charlottesville – Albemarle MPO is Highlighted in New Nationwide Guidebook from Transportation for America
The Innovative MPO, released today by Transportation for America, is a new guidebook for staff and board members of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). The guide showcases best practices from across the country to showcase ways MPOs can help their communities prosper.
The Charlottesville – Albemarle MPO, a component of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TDPDC) is highlighted in the guidebook as a national leader, and a model for other MPOs to follow. Specifically, the report praises the MPO's use of a Housing and Transportation Affordability Index developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology to examine six different neighborhoods in the TJPDC jurisdiction. The report compared the relative costs associated with buying or renting a home along with predicted travel costs for that location based on job accessibility and other factors. The analysis showed that living further from the urban core might not be as cost-effective as people think and that foreclosure rates during the recent housing crisis were higher in suburban areas than in urban ones.
The Innovative MPO is available at http://t4america.org/maps-tools/the-innovative-mpo.
The TJPDC Continues to Seek Public Feedback on U.S. Bike Route 76
Route 76 LogoU.S. Bike Route 76 is an on-road National Bike Route that spans the eastern half of the U.S., from Missouri to eastern Virginia. The route is associated with the Trans American Bicycle Trail that stretches from Oregon to Virginia, accounting for approximately 4,242 highway miles. Along this path, the route passes through our region, which includes the City of Charlottesville, along with Louisa, Fluvanna, Albemarle and Nelson counties.
Local riders know the existing conditions of roadways better than cyclists traveling through our region. Your input will be instrumental in making the riding experience safer and more satisfying for fellow cyclists who are attracted to this U.S. Bike Route. Help us identify the location of existing safety concerns for cyclists, opportunities for additional bike routes branching off from Route 76 and even rerouting possibilities.
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Bike Route 76 Corridor Study
As part of its FY14 Rural Transportation Program, the TJPDC is conducting a Corridor Study of the Route 76 Bike Route within our region. U.S. Bicycle Route 76, also known as the TransAmerica Bike Route, is a national Bike Route that spans from the Midwest to eastern Virginia. Along this path, the route passes through five of the localities in our region - Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson. The intent of this work is to increase safety, access and awareness of the bike route. The Rural Technical Committee has conducted a scoping meeting for this project to help guide the process and deliverables.
The project scope includes three main elements:
Work during the current fiscal year will focus on Item 1, an inventory of existing conditions along the 136-mile stretch of Route 76 in our region. For additional information on this project, please visit the project website at www.tjpdc.org/route76 or contact Will Cockrell at firstname.lastname@example.org, 434-979-7310 x 440.