COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Albemarle County’s Priorities for Primary Road System Improvements
Review and approval of the recommended priority improvements to the primary road system to be provided to VDOT and CTB at an upcoming Public Hearing on the VDOT Six Year Primary Plan.
Messrs., Tucker, Foley, Graham, Cilimberg, Benish, Wade
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
September 7, 2005
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
Albemarle County has the opportunity to provide VDOT with the County’s priorities for improvements to the primary road system at an annual public hearing on the Six Year Interstate, Primary and Urban System Plan. Primary roads are those roads with route numbers below 600, including interstate highways (Route 6, 20, 22, 29, 231, 240, 250 and I-64), The County has maintained a priority list of improvements for a number of years, and uses this list as the basis for each year’s update. As of the date this report was written, VDOT had not set a date for the public hearing but staff has been informed by VDOT that the hearing will likely take place in late September or October. Last year’s tele-conference public hearing was held on September 29th.
3.1 Make the County a Safe and Healthy Community in which citizens feel secure to live, work and play.
Staff has proposed several changes to this year’s requested priority list, which can be found as Attachment A. The proposed deletions are identified with a strikethrough and additions are in italics and bold. The major changes proposed include:
Meadow Creek Parkway Phase I – An acknowledgement of the recent infusion of $27,000,000 for the construction of the interchange has been included.
Crozet- Staff added more specific recommendations from the Crozet Master Plan for improvement which would improve Route 240. The previous priority list only made a general reference that improvements should be made in Crozet that benefit Route 240.
Fontaine Avenue – The prior reference to the recommendations of the Fontaine Avenue Task Force have been deleted and replaced with the Southern Urban Area B Study recommendations. The Southern Urban Area B Study was completed in August 2004. The recommendations of this Study are consistent with City recommendation for Fontaine Avenue.
Route 20- The Town of Scottsville will be making a request to the Commonwealth Transportation Board to improve the intersection of Route 20 with Warren Street and Hardware Street. The Town has also requested that the County provide its support for these improvements. This project was originally planned for development by VDOT in the 1970’s, but the improvements were never completed. Improvements within the Town are not required to be part of the County’s priority list of projects and the Town has an equal opportunity to make requests to the CTB for roads improvements as any other locality. In this draft, staff has added a statement that recognizes the Town’s desire for this improvement, but has not prioritized it relative to other County projects. Adding this note is intended to identify the improvement request for reference/information purposes and is not intended to prioritize the project relative to other County projects.
In addition to the normal narrative description of the County’s project priorities (Attachment A), staff has included a more abbreviated list of County priorities (Attachment B). This new list is intended to provide a more user friendly “quick reference” of the County priority projects.
The County is providing its priorities for projects to be funded through the State’s interstate, primary and urban system funding. The impact on the budget will be determined after VDOT has identified the projects it will fund in their Six Year Financial Plan.
Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors approve the attached recommended priorities for primary road system improvements.
The Board will also need to decide how to handle this year’s presentation at the State’s public hearing. In the past, the Board has sent a representative to the public hearing to make a presentation of the County’s requests. Last year, due to time constraints, staff made this presentation.
Attachment A- Albemarle County Primary Road Priority Statement
Attachment B- Albemarle County Primary Road Priority Statement without project description
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