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Route 29 Widening, Albemarle County

Improvement to six lanes from Polo Grounds Road to Towncenter Drive

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Contract award February 2015

Est Completion Date
October 2017

$46.8 million (cost is subject to change as the design is developed)

Lengths and Limits
1.8 miles; from Polo Grounds Road to Towncenter Drive



Robert Strevell, Project Manager

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to widen Route 29 (Seminole Trail) from a four-lane divided highway to a six-lane facility from Route 643 (Polo Grounds Road) to Route 1719 (Towncenter Drive) in northern Albemarle County.

What Is Proposed?

This project will widen Route 29 from four to six lanes by adding an additional lane on both sides of the highway between Route 643 (Polo Grounds Road) and Route 1719 (Towncenter Drive).

Improvement of this 1.8-mile-long section will complete the widening of Route 29 north to Route 649 (Airport Road) and will also include reconstruction of some sections of the existing highway to eliminate sight-distance issues and improve safety.

The project is included in the Route 29 Solutions projects package and is proposed to advance through construction as part of a design-build contract that also includes Berkmar Drive Extended and construction of a grade-separated intersection at Route 29 and Route 631 (Rio Road).

Information and Resources

Design Public Hearing
October 14, 2014, 5-7 p.m. 
Albemarle High School cafeteria
2775 Hydraulic Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Project at a glance

Project locator map

Environmental Documents

Categorical Exclusion, National Environmental Policy Act, 108 KB

Public Notice: Review and comment period for NEPA document, Sept. 9-24, 2014, 28 KB

News Releases

October 10, 2014
Public can review designs of Rio Rd. intersection, Rt. 29 widening, Berkmar Dr. extension

Project Costs

Total Cost: $46,800,000

Engineering of Roadway Plans:

Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $3,400,000

Construction: $41,200,000

These costs are preliminary estimates and subject to change as the project is finalized.

Project Schedule

Environmental document review/comments: September 9-24, 2014

Design public hearing: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 5-7 p.m.
Albemarle High School cafeteria, 2775 Hydraulic  Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Design-build contract award: February 2015

Construction begins: 2016

Construction complete: October 2017

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