Eastern Avenue

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Eastern Avenue (Crozet)
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Planned

Project Overview

Interconnect future and existing Crozet neighborhoods. Eastern Avenue will be a major north-south road connecting Route 240 and Route 250 from the area around Western Ridge and the Conagra plant to an area near Cory Farms. Eastern Avenue will traverse the proposed Lickinghole Creek Bridge. [1]
Cost $12.9 million [2] (total - some portions have been built by developers)
Sponsor Albemarle
Next meeting None (Crozet Master Plan not up for review until 2019)

Status Update


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Contact Andrew Knuppel, Albemarle County planner

Eastern Avenue is a planned north-south road that will connect Route 240 and Route 250 east of Crozet. The road has been discussed by the county for many decades. [1]

Route

Eastern Avenue is designed to be a major north-south road connecting the area around Western Ridge and the former ConAgra plant on 240 to an area near Cory Farms on 250.

Eastern Avenue will traverse the proposed Lickinghole Creek Bridge, which must be built before Eastern Avenue can be completed.

Status

Eastern Avenue is not a priority on the County’s Secondary Six-Year Improvement Program. It will be created as neighboring parcels are developed and as rezoning requests come before the county. As such, there is no public meeting at this time.

The Eastern Avenue project will proceed as Albemarle County considers the rezoning of property in and around the area.

A portion of the road is being built as part of the Foothills Crossing development. [2] [3]

The Crozet Community Advisory Committee was briefed on the status of the project at their meeting in May 2019. The following Q&A is from an update from neighborhood planner Andrew Knuppel that is an update from transportation planner Kevin McDermott.

Q: What are the factors delaying construction of this road?

  • Funding for engineering/design and construction remains the primary issue.
  • This project is ranked #8 on the County’s Draft priority list as a “First Tier” project. The methodology and full list will be presented to the Board this summer for final approval.
  • The best option for funding for this project is through the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)’s Revenue Sharing funding program, which requires a 50-50 match for state and local funds. $5 million is available in state funding per locality each year.
  • The expected cost of this connection is ~$8M, which means the County will need to contribute ~$4M to this project through its Capital Improvement Program to qualify for Revenue Sharing. For context, last year’s CIP included $1.5M for all County projects.

Q: Is property ownership an issue?

  • No. Right-of-way was dedicated by the Westhall and Cory Farm developments and is available upon demand of the County. The red line on the below map shows the alignment with dedicated right-of-way between Westhall Drive and Cory Farm Road.


Map

Right-of-way was dedicated by the Westhall and Cory Farm developments and is available upon demand of the County. The red line on the below map shows the alignment with dedicated right-of-way between Westhall Drive and Cory Farm Road.

See also

Eastern Avenue (Underpass)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Crozet Master Plan, Chapter 5, County of Albemarle, October 13, 2010, retrieved July 22, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Crozet’s Eastern Avenue underway, proposed rezoning would offer new connection to route 240, Tim Dodson, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, July 2, 2016, retrieved February 14, 2018.
  3. Web. Albemarle planners support Foothills Crossing rezoning, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 13, 2016, retrieved February 14, 2018.