Over the past several years, Albemarle County has had a good track record in bringing ideas to improve roads through the planning process and toward construction.
This week there are two opportunities for community members to give comments in person for the design of the next set of funded projects.
“Preliminary engineering is underway on five intersection projects in Albemarle County, which have been combined into a single design-build bundle,” reads the Virginia Department of Transportation’s webpage on this matter.
- A roundabout at Routes 240/250/680 just to the east of Crozet
- A continuous “Green-T” intersection at Rio Road East and Belvedere Boulevard
- A roundabout at Rio Road East and the John Warner Parkway
- A roundabout at Route 20/53
- A roundabout at Old Lynchburg Road and Route 631
Under the “design-build” model, one contractor will be hired to finalize construction documents and turn the earth for the five projects.
“The major benefits of design-build construction include streamlined communication between VDOT and the contractor, faster project completion, increased collaboration and cost savings,” VDOT’s website continues.
Albemarle and VDOT have used this method twice before on both the Route 29 solutions projects and for another suite of intersection conversions including the diverging diamond at Interstate 64’s intersection with U.S. 250.
The next event is Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Center at Belvedere at 540 Belvedere Boulevard.
The first public input opportunity was on Tuesday, September 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 165 Peregory Lane.
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