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John W. Warner Parkway

New roadway from East Rio Road to Melbourne Road in Albemarle County

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
February 2009

Est Completion Date
Scheduled Completion, Oct. 14, 2011; Project Accepted Oct. 13, 2011; Opened to Traffic Jan. 6, 2012

Recently Completed

$11.8 million

Lengths and Limits
1.4 miles, from East Rio Road to Melbourne Road

Faulconer Construction Company, Inc.



Culpeper Public Affairs

Construction of the Meadow Creek Parkway will provide a new two-lane parkway running for 1.4 miles from East Rio Road south to the Charlottesville city limits at Melbourne Road. The parkway will provide additional capacity and an alternate route for traffic headed toward Charlottesville from the north.

The Meadow Creek Parkway will connect with McIntire Road Extended at the Charlottesville city line, which will extend the new roadway alignment south to the Route 250 Bypass. East Rio Road will also be improved in the vicinity of the new roadway, including a new and wider bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad and new entrances to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center and the Dunlora and Belvedere residential communities. The improvements to East Rio Road will enhance safety for motorists using that road as well as those entering and leaving the school and nearby businesses and communities.

Project Updates

Pavement-marking operations will occur on East Rio Road on August 8, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should be alert for traffic control by flagging.

Rivanna Trail Detours During Construction

When site work began in mid-February 2009 the segment of the Rivanna Trail between Melbourne Road and East Rio Road was closed to the public. When the Meadow Creek Parkway is completed, a linear park that includes a 10-foot wide enhanced pedestrian trail will roughly parallel the new parkway and tie into the Rivanna Trails network.
VDOT is working with the Rivanna Trails Foundation and Albemarle County to provide alternate trail routes that will maintain connections with the Rivanna Trails while also ensuring the safety of trail users by detouring them around the construction area. The following alternate paths have been established around the closure. Maps of the detour routes will be placed in boxes at the locations where the trail has been closed.

From Park Street to Hydraulic Road: Follow the sidewalk on Melbourne Road. Left down the steps behind the CHS Baseball field. Left across the bridge into McIntire Park. Right onto the trail at the end of the bridge. Follow the trail to Meadwbook Heights Road. Right on Meadowbrook Heights and Left on Grove Road. Right onto sidewalk to Hydraulic Road.

From Park Street to Greenbrier Park: Follow the sidewalk on Melbourne Road to Kenwood Lane. Right on Kenwood to Jamestown Drive. Left on Jamestown to the end. Enter Greenbrier Park.
From Greenbrier Park to Park Street: Exit the park at the bridge to the circle at the end of Jamestown Drive. Follow Jamestown to Kenwood Lane. Right on Kenwood and Left on Melbourne Road. Follow the sidewalk along Melbourne to Park Street.


Information and Resources

VDOT Begins Final Preparations to Open Meadow Creek Parkway

East Rio Road to Close Oct. 11 for Construction

East Rio Road Will Not be Closed on Oct. 5

East Rio Road to Close Oct. 5 for Reconstruction, Realignment

Traffic Shifted to New Alignment on East Rio Rd. Railroad Bridge

Clearing Operations to Begin on Meadowcreek Parkway

CTB Awards Meadowcreek Parkway Construction Contract

Nine Companies Bid on Meadowcreek Parkway Project

Rivanna Trails Foundation

Charlottesville city trails

Albemarle County trails

Parkway project plans, north section  PDF  (PDF, 2 MB)

Parkway project plans, central section  PDF  (PDF, 966 KB)

Parkway project plans, south section  PDF  (PDF, 2 MB)

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