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CULP 2012-007

Jan. 25, 2012



PUBLIC INVITED TO HEARING ON ROUTE 53 IMPROVEMENTS
February 2 hearing to cover three safety projects proposed in Albemarle County

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on three proposed projects to improve safety along the Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) corridor in Albemarle County.

The hearing will take place on Thursday, February 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Stultz Center for Business and Career Development, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville.

VDOT proposes to widen the inside shoulder of Route 53 at the entrance to Monticello and at the intersection of Kenwood Farm Lane, as well as to re-grade the side slope in these two locations.

At the intersection of Route 20 (Scottsville Road), VDOT proposes to improve the turning radius of the Route 53 northbound right-turn lane and to upgrade guardrail and install additional signs.

The purpose of these projects is to improve safety along the 1.7-mile stretch of Route 53, which is part of the Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions (STARS) program. The program identifies high-crash locations and finds affordable solutions to reduce the number of crashes.

Approximately 8,900 vehicles use this portion of Route 53 daily.

The estimated cost for all three projects is $831,000, funded by the Highway Safety Improvement Program, and is subject to change as the projects’ design is finalized. The projects are expected to be advertised in February 2013 and completed by October 2013.

Project plans and environmental documents, as well as right of way and easement information, will be available for review at the public hearing, as well as at VDOT’s Culpeper District Office located at 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701, 540-829-7500 or 1-800-367-7623. Please call ahead to ensure that personnel are available to answer your questions.

VDOT staff will be available during the hearing to discuss the projects and answer questions. Written and oral comments will be taken at the hearing. Written comments can also be submitted by February 13, 2012, to Mr. Brian Arnold, Project Manager, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701.

VDOT ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For additional information or assistance, contact VDOT’s Culpeper District Office of Equal Opportunity, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701; telephone 1-800-367-7623, TDD/TTY 800-307-4630 or 711.

More information about the projects can be found on VDOT’s website at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/route_53.asp.

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