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The Hillsdale Drive Extension project is a high priority of the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County because it is seen as an important link to commercial areas and an alternative to the congested Route 29 Corridor for local, multi-modal traffic. Read more »
A Location Study for this corridor was administered by the City of Charlottesville and guided throughout the process by a Steering Committee that included City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County elected officials and staff, members of local businesses and surrounding community members. In addition to the conceptual design features that were developed, traffic counts, noise readings and other information such as wetland delineation, endangered species, cultural resources and hazardous material investigations were conducted as part of the environmental document (in the form of an environmental assessment that was finalized on February 8, 2006.)
The City selected the engineering firm of McCormick Taylor, Inc. to continue the work of the Location Study through the Preliminary Engineering phase by working on the design, environmental, communications, right-of-way and construction management tasks for this project. The design effort was led by the ten conditions developed by the Steering Committee, Charlottesville City Council and Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
In 2008, VDOT and FHWA approved the NEPA Document re-evaluation. The Design Public Hearing was held on November 16, 2010 at the Senior Center for the extension of Hillsdale Drive from Greenbrier Drive in Albemarle County to Hydraulic Road in the City of Charlottesville. At that time, the roadway extension provided for one lane of traffic in each direction, with dedicated left turn lanes or medians depending on location. The improvements included a 5’ sidewalk on the west side and an 8’ – 10’ shared use path on the east side to accommodate pedestrians and bicycles. On-street parking is provided in limited areas. There were new traffic signals shown at the redesigned intersections with Greenbrier Drive and Seminole Court and a roundabout at the Zan Road crossing. Additional amenities included pedestrian lighting, landscaping features and a potential pocket park.
In 2011 a Bike Lane Study was prepared for this corridor in response to comments received at the Design Public Hearing. Additional bike accommodations were added to the roadway through the use of sharrows and additional signage. The shared use path north of Greenbrier Drive was also converted to on-road bike lanes to provide better a transition. After a thorough review of the comments received at the hearing, the City of Charlottesville approved the major design features on February 22, 2011 and the County of Albemarle Board of Supervisors concurred on March 2, 2011.
The Greenbrier Drive and Hillsdale Drive intersection has been determined to require stop signs on Greenbrier Drive only with Hillsdale Drive becoming free-flowing. Soon after construction is complete, traffic counts will be conducted at the intersection, and this intersection will continue to be monitored on a yearly basis by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Traffic signals and their supporting mast arms will be installed once VDOT has determined a signal is warranted at this intersection. During construction of Hillsdale Drive Extension, the signal’s underground wiring/conduit and mast arm foundations will be installed in preparation for the potential signal. A drawing of the redesigned Greenbrier/Hillsdale intersection is below, showing the addition of a concrete refuge island, two sets of pedestrian activated rapid flash beacons, relocated crosswalks/bus stops and narrower lanes during this interim condition.
The original Environmental Assessment (EA) was signed in September 2004 and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in March 2006. Due to slight design changes, a reevaluation of the EA/FONSI was completed by the City and approved by VDOT and FHWA in the spring of 2008.
A reevaluation of the environmental documentation was conducted to ensure the project meets current regulations and best design practices before the project was advertised for construction. This report, completed in the last quarter of 2015, concluded that construction of the project will have no significant impact on the environment. Read the report here. A Wetland Delineation Report also was finalized and accepted along with a Final Design Noise Analysis.
Throughout the design process it was our goal to develop solutions that address both the roadway project and the various needs of the users of this new connection. The project team continued to work with the property owners through right of way negotiations and the stakeholders through a Stakeholders Committee to provide a facility that will:
All required right of way for construction has been acquired to allow work to begin in