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Route 29 Solutions Package


The Route 29 Solutions Package represents a $230 million investment into the improvement of Albemarle County’s infrastructure that will address congestion in the Route 29 corridor. The Solutions Package is designed to improve mobility in this critical transportation corridor through new road construction, existing roadway improvements, streamlined signalization and funding for increased rail service.

The Route 29 Solutions Package was approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on June 18, 2014 in the 2015-2020 update to the Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP). The plan has been approved by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Charlottesville City Council, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The improvements include four existing projects that received additional funding to complete construction:

  • Route 29/250 interchange improvements
  • Hillsdale Drive Extension
  • Widening of Route 29 and improvement of road geometry from Polo Grounds Road to Town Center Drive
  • Adaptive signal technology on Route 29

Three new projects were also added to the SYIP, with full funding to complete construction:

  • Hillsdale Drive extension south to Holiday Drive
  • Berkmar Drive extension north to Hollymead Town Center
  • Route 29/Rio Road grade-separated intersection

Funding for study and preliminary engineering for improvements to the intersection of Hydraulic Road and Route 29 is included in the Route 29 Solutions package. At the request of the City of Charlottesville, VDOT agreed to include the extension of Hillsdale Drive south to Holiday Drive in the Hydraulic Road intersection study.

The CTB also approved full funding for a second passenger train between Lynchburg and Washington, D.C.

News of Interest:

03/04/15: VDOT Issues Notice to Proceed to Rt. 29 Solutions Contractor
  View the News Release

02/18/15: Commonwealth Transportation Board Awards Rt. 29 Solutions Contract
  View the News Release
02/13/15: Construction Begins Monday on Rt. 29/250 Interchange
  View the News Release

  Neighborhood Open House: Route 29/250 Interchange "Best Buy Ramp" Project
  View the News Release

View a PDF of VDOT's Presentation

View handout: Your Guide to Rt. 29 Solutions Projects

View handout: Neighborhood FAQs

02/03/15: Signal Work to Affect Rt. 29 Intersections Overnight During Week of February 2
  View the News Release for Full Details

Please visit VDOT's Route 29 Solutions website for complete project information. Below are direct links to frequently requested information:

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01/23/15: Albemarle Supervisors Respond to Proposed Legislation
  View the News Release for Full Details
  VDOT Issues Notice of Intent to Award Rt. 29 Solutions Design-Build Contract
  View the News Release for Full Details

01/20/15: BOS Sends letter Virginia Secretary of Transportation, expression appreciation to him, Virginia Governer, and VDOT for continued support and effective implementation of the Route 29 Solutions Package.
  View a PDF of the letter.

01/22/15: 3 Firms Submit Price Proposals for Route 29 Solutions Projects
  View the News Release for Full Details

01/14/15: CTB Awards Rt. 29 / Rt. 250 Interchange Contract
  View a PDF of VDOT's Press Release

01/11/15: Message from Aubrey Layne, Virginia Secretary of Transportation
  View message on The Daily Progress
12/11/14: Meeting with Neighborhood representatives
  View VDOT's Presentation

View a PDF of the Tax Mailing Insert

View VDOT's "10 Things to Know" Document
10/17/2014: Transportation Board Approves Berkmar Drive Alignment
  View the news release for full details.
10/06/2014: Nighttime Lane Closures Begin on Rt. 29 North of Charlottesville
  View the news release for full details.
09/30/2014: Utility work begins next week on Rt. 29
  View the news release for full details.
09/24/2014: Route 29 Advisory Panel Meets Thursday, September 25 at VCTIR
  View the news release for full details.
08/28/2014: Five Teams Respond to Route 29 Solutions Proposal
  View the news release for full details.
08/26/2014: Supervisors Boyd & Sheffield announce upcoming Town Hall meeting.
  View the news release for full details.
08/15/2014: VDOT announces a public hearing on the proposed Berkmar Drive Extension Project
  Download this PDF for more information.

07/02/2014: Survey, Geotech Crews to Begin Work Along Rt. 29
  Subsurface borings, environmental investigations planned in multiple locations


Featured Events
Places29-Rio Community Advisory Committee
3/23/2017, 6:00 PM
Pantops Community Advisory Committee
3/27/2017, 6:15 PM
Jack Jouett & Rio District Budget Town Hall
3/27/2017, 6:30 PM
Board of Supervisors Closed Meeting and Budget Work Session
3/28/2017, 11:00 AM
Various Locations
Community Budget Meeting
3/29/2017, 7:00 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)

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