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Albemarle moves forward with Rio Road small-area plan

The intersection of Rio Road and U.S. 29 is currently ensnarled by construction, but Albemarle County is seeking ways to tie the area’s future together. The Albemarle Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to approve a public engagement process for a small-area plan for the Rio Road intersection. Such a study was called for in the […]

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Preparation for U.S. 29 projects continues despite lawsuit

The Virginia Department of Transportation is proceeding with three major road projects in the U.S. 29 corridor despite a lawsuit claiming that federal and state officials unlawfully approved them. “I don’t think VDOT has changed their plans as a result of the lawsuit,” Larry Davis, Albemarle’s county attorney, said during a briefing to the Board […]

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MPO reaffirms support for Rio Road interchange

The regional panel that sets transportation policy in Albemarle County and Charlottesville has reaffirmed its support for several projects in the U.S. 29 corridor, including one project that has been singled out for a budget amendment in Richmond. “The Rio Road grade-separated intersection has been reviewed and planned many times since 1988,” reads a letter […]

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MPO considers priorities for unallocated long-range plan funding

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization began wrestling with an important question Wednesday: How to use nearly $100 million of unallocated transportation funding expected through the year 2040? For many years, the MPO has complained it was on the short end of state transportation investments. With the demise of the Western Bypass of U.S. 29, funds […]

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Rio Road interchange opponents organizing to block project

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 Charles Lebo, a spokesman for Smart29. “There […]

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Business group claims Rio Road interchange not needed

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 engineer hired by Smart29 to review […]