Studies: Route 631 (5th Street/Old Lynchburg Road) Corridor, Charlottesville & Albemarle

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Map showing limits of Fifth Street corridor study

Study Details

The Route 631 (5th Street/Old Lynchburg Road) corridor improvement study (the study) will evaluate automobile, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian conditions along Route 631/5th Street between Harris Road and Ambrose Commons Drive in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The study will assess future travel projections and development patterns.

The study vision is for Route 631/5th Street to develop as a Complete Street that supports development and provides safe and comfortable travel for all uses and users of the roadway.

The study will be done in two phases:

  • Phase one, which was completed in summer 2019, convened a group of stakeholders that identified consensus goals and the scope of the study. 
  • Phase two will identify the transportation solutions that will help meet the vision and goals of the study. 

Study Goals

1. Improve safety and comfort
2. Manage congestion
3. Support economic development
4. Support environmental sustainability and community health

This study is supported by a stakeholder group made up of representatives from the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC), the Charlottesville‐Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (CA‐MPO), Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT), and the 5th and Avon Community Advisory Committee.

Online Public Meeting Presentation/FAQ

A webinar was held on June 4, 2020 to provide an update on the 5th Street study. The recorded webinar and frequently asked questions (FAQ) document are available below:

Frequently Asked Questions Adobe Acrobat PDF (602 KB)

Final Report 

The final report for the 5th Street corridor improvement study Adobe Acrobat PDF (5 MB), published in January 2021, includes recommendations for:

  • Two signalized intersection improvements
  • One roundabout conversion
  • One restricted crossing u-turn (RCUT) conversion
  • Consistent, continuous bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • A Project Development and Environmental Study for a redesign of the 5th Street and I-64 interchange
  • Multimodal network connections at Sunset Avenue Extended Bridge, from Stribling Avenue to Sunset Avenue, and via the Biscuit Run Stream Valley Trail

View the Executive Summary Adobe Acrobat PDF (5 MB) for more information. 


The purpose of the study is to develop short‐, mid‐, and long‐term community‐supported transportation solutions to provide safe and comfortable travel for all uses and users of the roadway. These conceptual transportation solutions may be eligible for funding resources, including VDOT’s SMART SCALE program.


Other relevant links:

Frequently Asked Questions Adobe Acrobat PDF (602 KB)

Technical Memo: Alternatives Analysis Adobe Acrobat PDF (10 MB)

Existing and Future No-Build Condition Report, April 2020 Adobe Acrobat PDF  (7 MB)

Phase 1 Public Engagement Report, April 2020  Adobe Acrobat PDF  (10 MB)

Phase 2 Public Engagement Report, January 2021  Adobe Acrobat PDF  (11 MB)

English Fact Sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF (618 KB)

Spanish Fact Sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF (605 KB)

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Lat/Long: 38.014551, ‐78.499987 to 37.999555, ‐78.528170

Locality: Albemarle

Page last modified: March 25, 2023