Rural Transportation Planning
The Rural Transportation Planning Program functions as a cooperative forum for transportation planning among the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT), transportation service providers, and the counties of Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Albemarle. While the Metropolitan Planning Organization has authority over the urbanized areas of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville, the Rural Transportation Planning Program focuses on the region’s rural areas. The TJPDC serves as the Policy Board for this program, with the Rural Technical Committee serving as the advisory body.
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: youtu.be/p1DJ9Ec-LK0. 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, email@example.com. 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 http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/15-53roundabout.asp.
A Project overview video will be made available for those who miss the meeting.
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.
Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to conduct joint public hearings on Six-Year Improvement Program
The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will be conducting joint public hearings and meetings across the state to give citizens the opportunity to review and provide comments on the working draft of the Revised Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program (FY15-20 SYIP). The FY15-20 SYIP adopted by the CTB in June 2014 is being revised to comply with a new prioritization process as required by law. This process will determine critical transportation priorities through a fair and objective analysis. The Revised FY15-20 SYIP will be presented to the CTB for adoption in November 2014. Comments will also be accepted for the FY16-21 SYIP and statewide prioritization. Your comments and ideas are very important to the process. You are invited to participate at any of the locations, or in a "virtual meeting". The meeting dates and locations are listed at the link below. If you cannot attend a meeting, you may attend a virtual meeting and view the displays and provide your comments on line. The virtual meeting will be available on this website beginning September 23, 2014.
Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC)