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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 Public Hearing on the Proposed Rt. 15-53 Roundabout in Palmyra Held

The Virginia Department of Transportation hosted a public hearing in Palmyra on the proposed construction of a roundabout at Routes 15 and 53 in Fluvanna County. At the open house-style meeting the public was able to review project plans, ask questions and obtain information about the project's timeline, cost and travel impacts, as well as provide feedback.

For those who cound notattend, VDOT has created a video that covers much of what was shared at the hearing: A flyer is also attached that details the design features and traffic flow of the roundabout.

Background: VDOT proposes to replace the existing "T" intersection at Routes 15 and 53 with a single-lane roundabout for improved safety and mobility. This project is consistent with Fluvanna County's comprehensive plan.

The project's estimated cost is $2.6 million, to be funded with local and state monies through VDOT's revenue-sharing program. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2016 and last approximately six months, requiring periodic lane closures.

Approximately 6,500 vehicles use this segment of Route 15 daily, according to 2013 data. The traffic count on Route 53 is 5,000 vehicles per day. Public comments will be taken at the hearing and can also be submitted to John Rose, Project Manager, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701, The comment deadline is Jan. 26.

More information about the project, including the public hearing brochure, comment sheet and displays, can be found on VDOT's website at

A Project overview video will be made available for those who miss the meeting.

The TJPDC Continues to Seek Public Feedback on U.S. Bike Route 76

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:

  1. An Inventory of existing conditions;
  2. A promotional campaign to provide route information and online resources; and,
  3. Recommendations for roadway improvements that would increase bike safety.

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 or contact Will Cockrell at, 434-979-7310 x 440.

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