Search: Philip Shucet
October 06, 2015
The Charlottesville City Council has agreed to appropriate $15.3 million in federal and state funding to purchase property for the extension of Hillsdale Drive. However, a key milestone in the project’s timeline has been delayed by six months. A road construction project technically begins when the Virginia Department ...
July 04, 2015
As construction work begins to pick up on three separate — but related — projects on U.S. 29, the city of Charlottesville is reviewing and possibly altering plans for a fourth. Last summer, the Commonwealth Transportation Board fully funded a $30.5 million project to extend Hillsdale Drive from Greenbrier Drive ...
January 27, 2015
A group opposed to a grade-separated interchange at Rio Road and U.S. 29 held a design workshop with a prominent urban designer Monday to try to come up with alternatives. Smart29 has been waging a campaign to fight the interchange, which is one of several projects approved by local ...
January 22, 2015
The Virginia Department of Transportation has opened price proposals for three major projects in the U.S. 29 corridor. A team consisting of Lane Construction Corporation, Corman Construction and RK&K have submitted an offer to design and build three of the Route 29 Solutions projects for $116, 746, 000 ...
December 05, 2014
As the Virginia Department of Transportation prepares for an $84 million grade-separated interchange at Rio Road and U.S. 29, one business group said Thursday that it has met with attorneys to consider legal options to block construction. “We’ve spoken with several law firms, particularly about eminent domain,” said ...
November 21, 2014
A group created to stop construction of a grade-separated interchange at Rio Road and U.S. 29 intensified its campaign Thursday by claiming that traffic volumes are not growing fast enough to justify the $84 million project. “Peak hour traffic trends are actually going down,” said Dexter Williams, a traffic ...
October 31, 2014
Several business owners who will be affected by construction of the $84 million grade-separated interchange at Rio Road and U.S. 29 pleaded with the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on Thursday to delay the project while its economic impact is studied. “We’re trying to get people to find ...
October 16, 2014
The eventual construction of a 2.3-mile northern extension of Berkmar Drive passed a major milestone Wednesday when the Commonwealth Transportation Board endorsed one of three potential alignments. “That means we know now the general location of where the Berkmar project will be,” said Philip A. Shucet, a former commissioner ...
October 10, 2014
With four days remaining until a crucial hearing on three major construction projects in the U.S. 29 corridor, one business owner is concerned that the Virginia Department of Transportation has not sufficiently engaged the public. “I don’t know that enough advertising has been done about these projects and ...
September 12, 2014
When construction eventually begins on a grade-separated interchange at U.S. 29 and Rio Road, motorists on the Albemarle County secondary road will be unable to cross U.S. 29 for up to three months. “I had been really hoping that the answer was that this would not be true ...
August 29, 2014
Route 29 projects even further accelerated The man in charge of overseeing the implementation of $230 million worth of projects to help improve mobility on the U.S. 29 corridor said Thursday that his team has produced concepts that will be successful. “Everything is pointing in the direction of me ...
August 08, 2014
The leader of a stakeholder panel that is overseeing more than $200 million worth of construction projects in the U.S. 29 corridor said Thursday that he is listening to its members, despite complaints to the contrary shared with the Virginia Secretary of Transportation. Philip A. Shucet told the Route ...
July 24, 2014
The regional body that approves federal money for transportation projects has backed the transfer of Western Bypass money to the $230 million bundle of alternative U.S. 29 projects. The Metropolitan Planning Organization’s policy board amended its long-range plan Wednesday to include the package, featuring the extension of Berkmar ...
July 20, 2014
Now that the Western Bypass is history, local government officials are preparing for a near future in which over $200 million worth of transportation projects will be built to alleviate traffic congestion on U.S. 29. The Virginia Department of Transportation is expected to hire one contractor to oversee design ...
July 16, 2014
The Western Bypass of U.S. 29 could near the official end of the road today, all but formally halting more than 25 years of planning and debate on the highway never built. At its monthly meeting in Richmond, the Commonwealth Transportation Board will consider a resolution to rescind all ...
July 09, 2014
Since it was first conceived more than a decade ago, a $30 million project to extend Hillsdale Drive into Charlottesville has been managed by city officials. But Charlottesville officials are now considering handing over management of the $30-million Hillsdale Drive extension to coordinate its implementation with $230 million in projects ...
June 18, 2014
When the Commonwealth Transportation Board takes action on a new six-year transportation plan on Wednesday, it also will be taking a vote on a package of alternatives to the now-defunct Western Bypass of U.S. 29 in Albemarle County. Philip Shucet, a former commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation ...
June 15, 2014
With the Commonwealth Transportation Board expected to vote this week on a $203 million package of road improvements to speed the flow of traffic on U.S. 29, some in the business community want two of the recommended projects to be left out. “Our chamber again reaffirms our decades-long-standing grave ...
May 29, 2014
The local panel that approves federal transportation funding has endorsed a $203 million package of construction to address traffic congestion on U.S. 29. “I know that nobody got everything that they wanted and some people got some things they didn’t really want,” said City Councilor Kristin Szakos, chairwoman ...
May 28, 2014
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors voted 5-1 Tuesday to support a $203 million package of road improvements to address traffic congestion on U.S. 29, including $81 million for a grade-separated interchange at Rio Road. Supervisor Kenneth C. Boyd, a key supporter of the now-defunct Western Bypass, was the lone ...
May 09, 2014
A $203 million package of solutions to ease traffic congestion on U.S. 29 through Albemarle and Charlottesville includes one new road, a grade-separated intersection at Rio Road, study of a similar facility at Hydraulic Road, and a down payment on a second daily Amtrak train. Philip Shucet, a consultant ...
March 28, 2014
A panel that state officials convened to develop solutions for traffic congestion in Charlottesville and Albemarle County along U.S. 29 met Thursday to discuss how to invest money from the now-defunct Western Bypass. “There is about $200 million allocated to a project that we’re [no longer] going to ...
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