Rivanna River Bike and Pedestrian Bridge

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Rivanna River Bike and Pedestrian Bridge


Project Overview
Location Albemarle County
Sponsor Charlottesville Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization

Status Update

Rivanna River Bike and Pedestrian Bridge is a proposal to build a bridge over the Rivanna River between eastern Charlottesville and Pantops in Albemarle County. Planning work is being coordinated by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. [1]

The bridge was one of several candidate projects in the fifth round of the Virginia Department of Transportation's Smart Scale funding process. The policy board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) chose an alignment that would have its western landing near the Wool Factory in the Woolen Mills. [2]

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The general study area for the project

Project description

"This project would construct a bicycle and pedestrian bridge across the Rivanna River from East Market Street to the Pantops area. A shared use path would be constructed from the eastern bridge terminus up to the intersection of Peter Jefferson Parkway and State Farm Boulevard, where bicyclists and pedestrians can join the existing transportation network." [3]

“The Rivanna River bike and pedestrian bridge was a priority recommendation from the Jefferson Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and is identified in the Rivanna River Corridor Plan, among other plans. VDOT performed an evaluation on potential locations for this bridge in 2020 and focused in on two locations in the Woolen Mills/Riverview Park/State Farm/Martha Jefferson area. The Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO has recommended an application for this project in the upcoming Smart Scale round. Additional planning and conceptual design by VDOT will be necessary. CA-MPO staff have begun facilitating monthly stakeholder meetings on this project; the stakeholder group membership was approved by the CA-MPO Policy Board.” [4]



  1. Web. Plans for Pedestrian Bridge Over Rivanna River, Dave McNair, News Article, November 9, 2020, retrieved January 9, 2022.
  2. Web. Rivanna River Bridge location chosen, Dryden Quigley, News Article, WVIR NBC29, March 25, 2022, retrieved April 7, 2022.
  3. Web. Descriptions of Smart Scale Applications in Albemarle County, Albemarle County, retrieved May 30, 2022.
  4. Web. Transportation Planning Quarterly Report - January 2022, Report, Albemarle County, retrieved January 9, 2022.

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