Primary Road Improvement Priorities




Identify the County’s primary and interstate road improvement priorities for presentation to the Commonwealth Transportation Board Public Meeting on the FY 2009-14 Six-year Improvement Program




Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Benish, Wade







October 3, 2007


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The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will conduct a public meeting to give citizens and public officials an opportunity to “review and provide comments on projects and programs for inclusion in the Fiscal Year 2009-2014 Six-Year Improvements Program (SYIP).”  A public meeting is scheduled for November 1, 2007 at the Virginia Department of Transportation District Offices in Culpeper ( This is the opportunity for the Board of Supervisors to inform the CTB of the County’s interstate, primary road, rail, bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvement priorities.  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.


The Six Year Interstate and Primary Road Plan process differs from the Secondary Road Plan process in that specific amounts of funds are set aside for secondary road projects in the County, whereas funds for primary road projects are allocated for each construction district, and all primary road projects proposed within all localities in the district compete for those funds. The Culpeper District includes Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties.




3.0 Develop Policies and Infrastructure to Address the County’s Growing Needs




The purpose of the review is for the Board of Supervisors to determine the transportation projects to recommend for inclusion in the FY 2009-14 SYIP for the Culpeper District.  Staff has provided a proposed priority list of improvements which is based on last year’s priority list approved by the Board of Supervisors (Attachment A). Changes proposed by staff are in bold/italic/underline or strikethrough type.  In addition to the Priority List (Attachment A), the County also provides a narrative description of the County’s project priorities (Attachment B). 


The most significant changes proposed by staff this year include specific recommendations for providing pedestrian crossings at strategic locations along Route 29 North and Route 250 East.  This recommendation is consistent with draft Master Plans for these areas and a recent request by the North Charlottesville Business Council to install crossings along Route 29 North. Staff has also included under Section IV of the Enhancement Projects/Safe Routes to School Program projects (Attachment A) a new recommendation for “continued support of the Scottsville Downtown Streetscape improvement project.”  Other changes to the priority list are focused on status updates, and providing more clarity to existing statements.


Recently, the University Architects Office has proposed the development of a joint City, County and University project to improve Ivy Road (Route 250 West) from Emmet Street to the Bypass interchange (Attachment C).  The proposal is to implement a recommendation based on a 1994 design study of Ivy Road jointly sponsored by the City, County and University. Improvements in the County’s portion of the project would focus primarily on the provision of pedestrian, bicycle and landscape improvements.  While the ultimate scope, timing and funding of the proposed project will require further discussion, evaluation and planning with all three parties and VDOT, the concept for the project is consistent with the County’s existing and recommended Six Year Plan priorities, specifically:



I.          Surface Transportation Program (STP Projects)

4.                   Improvements to Route 250:

c.         Improve Route 250 West from Emmet Street to the Route 29/250 Bypass.




III.                Safety Improvements

1.                   Construction of pedestrian walkways along primary roads in the County’s Urban Neighborhoods and Development Areas as part of road widening/improvement projects. Absent major road improvements, the following roads are prioritized for improvement:

d.             Route 250 West from the City limits to the Farmington/Ednam entrance(s).



Because this concept is generally consistent with the existing and proposed Plan priorities, no additional action, or change to the County Priority List of Improvements, is needed at this time by the Board.  County, City, University and VDOT staff will need to further develop the scope, timing and funding aspects of the project and provide this to the governing bodies for further direction/approval.


The Board will also need to decide how to handle this year’s presentation at the State’s public meeting.  In the past, Board members have attended the public meeting to make a presentation of the County’s requests. However, for the past three years, County Planning staff has attended the meeting to present the County’s recommended priorities. The County staff typically works with the MPO staff to provide uniform and complimentary comments regarding transportation needs/recommendations in the area. 




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 1) approve the attached recommended priorities (Attachment A) for primary road system improvements; and 2) provide direction regarding the presentation of the County recommendations and comments.




Attachment A – Priority List of Improvements

Attachment B – Priority List Narrative

Attachment C – Ivy Road Gateway Improvement Project

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