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County officials shown vision for urban Albemarle

As Albemarle County prepares for a larger population, officials are seeking ways to encourage the development of an urban community along U.S. 29. The Board of Supervisors held a joint session Tuesday with the Planning Commission to hear an update on the Rio Road small-area plan, a document that seeks to create a vision for […]

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Virginia transportation panel discusses U.S. 29 projects

The Commonwealth Transportation Board approved $230 million in funding for the Route 29 Solutions projects nearly three years ago, and members returned to Charlottesville on Tuesday to see the results up close. “It has been a great success,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne. “I remember people telling me this was going to be […]

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Supervisors briefed on next phase of Rio Road plan

As motorists continue to get accustomed to the new grade-separated intersection at U.S. 29 and Rio Road, Albemarle officials are envisioning a “transformational” future for the land in the vicinity. “We’re hoping we’re going to encourage the economic benefit that the pedestrian mall in downtown [Charlottesville] has,” said Andrew Gast-Bray, Albemarle’s planning director.  Albemarle is […]

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Officials tour U.S. 29 construction zone

A Virginia Department of Transportation engineer overseeing construction of the grade-separated intersection of Rio Road and U.S. 29 made a prediction Thursday that the work will be completed ahead of schedule. “The contract says they have to be done by September 2 and open it back up to traffic,” said Dave Covington, a manager for […]

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Planning continues for Rio Road small area plan

Albemarle officials have begun work on a plan to guide redevelopment around one of the county’s most urban locations.   “Rio Road and U.S. 29 is the focal point for a lot of investment now in transportation,” said Wayne Cilimberg, the county’s director of planning. “It is a commercial and retail center for the county […]