Route 29 Advisory Panel

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The Route 29 Advisory Panel was convened in early 2014 by Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne to provide feedback up with alternative uses for $200 million that had been allocated to the Western Bypass. After three meetings, the facilitator Philip Shucet recommended a $203 million package of transportation improvements. [1]


A $203 million package of solutions to ease traffic congestion on U.S. 29 through Albemarle and Charlottesville includes one new road, a grade-separated intersection at Rio Road, study of a similar facility at Hydraulic Road, and a down payment on a second daily Amtrak train.

These include $54 million to extend Berkmar Drive across the South Fork of the Rivanna River, an additional $10 million to further extend Hillsdale Drive Extended to Holiday Lane in Charlottesville, and $81 million to build a grade-separated intersection at Rio Road and U.S. 29.

Other components of the package include $10 million for preliminary engineering for a future grade-separated interchange at Hydraulic Road, and $5 million to as partial funding for a second daily Amtrak train between Lynchburg and Washington, D.C.

These is an additional $6 million for the so-called Best Buy Ramp to pay for sound barriers, $16 million to cover the full right-of-way for the existing Hillsdale Drive project, and another $18 million for the widening of U.S. 29 between the river and Hollymead Town Center. That project’s current scope is only from Ashwood Boulevard but will now be extended to Polo Grounds Road.

There is also another $3 million to cover cost over-runs for an adaptive traffic signal system that is scheduled to be deployed in the summer of 2014. [2]


  • Jane Dittmar, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
  • Kristina Hofmann, Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Satyendra Huja, Mayor of Charlottesville
  • Kristin Szakos, Chair, Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Calvin L. Coleman, Mayor of Culpeper
  • Christine Kennedy, Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Sherman Saunders, Mayor of Danville
  • Trip Pollard, Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Turner Perrow, City of Lynchburg
  • Powell Duggan, Town Councilor, Warrenton Mayor-Elect


March 27, 2014


April 10, 2014


April 24, 2014




  1. Web. $203 million U.S. 29 recommendation unveiled, Katy Burnell Evans, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, May 8, 2014, retrieved May 9, 2014.
  2. Web. Recommendations unveiled for U.S. 29 congestion relief, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 8, 2014, retrieved May 9, 2014.

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