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Route 29 Widening

Purpose

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

The project will increase the roadway capacity, which will reduce congestion on this heavily traveled section of Route 29. The project also includes safety improvements at previously identified locations.

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). The roadway will be designed with curb and gutter and sidewalks on both sides. 

DOT is currently evaluating the inclusion of a paved multi-use path on the east side of Route 29.

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 deficiencies and improve overall safety. During construction, two lanes of traffic and all existing access points will be maintained in both directions.

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).

Schedule

Environmental document review/comments: Sept. 9 - 24, 2014

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

  • Public hearing brochure
  • Public hearing comment sheet
  • Concept plans presented at the public hearing

Design-build contract award: February 2015
Construction begins: 2016
Construction complete: October 2017

Costs

Total cost: $84.3 million

Engineering: $2.7 million

Right of Way and Utility Relocation: $4.2 million

Construction: $77.4 million

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

 

At a Glance

Begin Date

Early 2015

Cost

 $46.8 million (Planning estimate; subject to change as the project is finalized)

Lengths and Limits

1.8 miles; from Polo Grounds Road to Towncenter Drive

Locality

Albemarle

District

Culpeper

Contact

Robert Strevell, Project Manager

540-829-7500

Information and Resources

Project locator map

Environmental Documents

Categorical Exclusion, National Environmental Policy Act, http://www.virginiadot.org/images/adobe-acro.gif 108 KB

Public Notice: Review and comment period for NEPA document, September 9 to24, 2014, http://www.virginiadot.org/images/adobe-acro.gif 28 KB