Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway), Albemarle County
|Safety improvements in five locations|
Project at a Glance
10 miles, from Route 20 (Scottsville Road) to Route 618 (Lake Monticello Road)
Albemarle and Fluvanna
Purpose of Projects
VDOT has undertaken five safety projects along a 10-mile stretch of Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) in Albemarle and Fluvanna counties.
The Route 53 corridor projects are part of the Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions (STARS) initiative, which identifies high-crash locations and find cost-effective solutions to reduce the number and severity of crashes. These projects are funded through the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).
Approximately 8,000 vehicles use this stretch of Route 53 daily.
Route 53 at Route 729 (Milton Road), Albemarle Co.
Advertised in January, this project involves constructing a right-turn lane on Route 53 westbound at Route 729 to mitigate sight-distance limitations at the intersection. Construction will occur in late spring/summer 2015.
Route 53 at Route 618 (Lake Monticello Road), Fluvanna Co.
This project will construct a left-turn lane on Route 53 eastbound at Route 618, offset the existing right-turn lane on Route 53 westbound and relocate the southbound stopbar further south to increase the line of sight. The project has a December 2015 advertisement date.
Under a $333,674.81 contract, VDOT contractor Vess Excavating, LTD of Charlottesville completed these three projects in October 2013:
Route 53 at Route 20 (Scottsville Road), Albemarle Co.
This project included improving the turning radius of the Route 53 northbound right-turn lane at Route 20, upgrading the guardrail and installing additional highway safety signs.
Route 53 at Monticello Loop, Albemarle Co.
This project involved widening the inside shoulder of Route 53 at the entrance to Monticello and re-grading the roadway slope at this location.
Route 53 at Kenwood Farm Lane, Albemarle Co.
Shoulder-widening and slope re-grading was also performed at this location, just 0.4 mile south of Monticello.