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Berkmar Drive Extension

Purpose

This new 2.3-mile long road will parallel Route 29 to the west and will offer an alternative for local traffic traveling north or south between Charlottesville and Albemarle County’s urban ring to the developed Hollymead area, the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport and the county’s park at Chris Greene Lake.

Construction Camera at Berkmar Drive Extension Project

A time-lapse camera is capturing images of the construction of the Berkmar Drive Extension project as construction progresses. Check out the Berkmar Extension camera to view past and current photos or a time-lapse video of work in progress. 

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What is Proposed?

This project will construct an extension of Route 1403 (Berkmar Drive) north from its current terminus at Route 1438 (Hilton Heights Road) to Route 1719 (Towncenter Drive). 

The 2.3-mile long road is proposed as a two-lane facility built on a four-lane right of way to allow for possible future expansion. The project includes a bridge spanning the South Fork Rivanna River to the west of the Route 29 bridges. 

Bike lanes, sidewalks and a paved multi-use path will be included in the project. The inclusion of these facilities will be an important addition to Albemarle County’s existing network of similar facilities. 

The bike lanes and multi-use path will provide links with existing facilities that will provide additional transportation options for those using the Route 29 corridor.  

The project is included in the Route 29 Solutions projects and is proposed to advance through construction as part of a design-build contract that also includes the widening of Route 29 between Route 643 (Polo Grounds Road) and Route 1719 (Towncenter Drive) and construction of a grade-separated intersection at Route 29 and Route 631 (Rio Road).

Design Review Submissions

 

Information and Resources

Roadway Designs & Concept Plans

Plan & profile    4.7 MB
(from Lane-Corman's Jan. 6, 2015 technical proposal)

South Section concept plan, Dec. 5, 2014  61.2 MB

North Section concept plan, Nov. 5, 2014  63.4 MB

News Releases

Oct. 15, 2014
TRANSPORTATION BOARD APPROVES BERKMAR DR. ALIGNMENT
CTB vote sets location of 2.3-mile extension from Hilton Heights Rd. to Towncenter Dr.

Oct. 10, 2014
PUBLIC HEARING TUESDAY FOR ROUTE 29 SOLUTIONS PROJECTS
Public can review designs of Rio Rd. intersection, Rt. 29 widening, Berkmar Dr. extension

Aug.19, 2014
PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR BERKMAR DR. EXTENSION ROUTE
Sept. 18 location hearing will gather public comment on three proposed alignment alternatives

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Environmental

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Schedule

Location Public Hearing: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, 5 - 7 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, 990 Hilton Heights Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

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

Design-Build contract award: February 2015

Construction begins: Late 2015

Construction complete: October 2017 

Costs

Total Cost: $54.5 million

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $2.4 million

Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $13.9 million

Construction: $38.2 million

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