Grade separated interchange at Hydraulic Road and US29

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Grade-separated interchange at Hydraulic Road and U.S. 29

Proposed

Project Overview

Major reconstruction of intersection
Cost Unknown
Location Charlottesville
Sponsor VDOT

Status Update

Project likely dead with a segmented project proceeding instead, fully funded with Smart Scale

A plan to build a grade-separated interchange at Hydraulic Road and U.S. 29 has been debated for many decades but there are no current plans for it to proceed. Such a project was part of VDOT's Route 29 Solutions package, but a series of additional projects will take place in the vicinity instead. [1]


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Timeline

  • January 17, 1995 – City Council passes resolution opposing grade-separated interchange [2]
  • October 20, 2009 – Albemarle County Planning Commission presented with official map showing all parcels of land needed to complete project
  • June 18, 2014 – CTB allocates $10 million for preliminary engineering [3]
  • February 2017 – Planning gets underway for intersection improvements concurrently with a new land-use plan. This would be the Hydraulic Small Area Plan. [4]
  • March 9, 2017 – Hydraulic panel meets for the first time [5]
  • January 2021 – The preliminary recommendations from the fourth round of Smart Scale recommended $5.73 million in funding for a $24 million project to make improvements around the intersection of U.S. 29 and Hydraulic Road. The rest of the funding is leftover from the Route 29 Solutions projects. [6]

History

The grade-separated interchange was recommended by Phase 2 of the 29H250 Study. The project had evolved to utilize a single point urban interchange (SPUI).

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne authorized acceleration of funding for preliminary engineering to begin in fiscal year 2017, a year ahead of schedule. [7]

Funding for the project was used as a match toward a successful Smart Scale application in the fourth round. [6]

Resources

References

  1. Web. Planning moves forward for Hydraulic-29 crossing, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 14, 2017, retrieved December 26, 2017.
  2. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 17 Jan. 1995.
  3. Web. Western Bypass funding eliminated; CTB supports other U.S. 29 projects, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 18, 2014, retrieved March 25, 2015.
  4. Web. Planning moves forward for Hydraulic-29 crossing, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 14, 2017, retrieved December 26, 2017.
  5. Web. Panel begins work of planning for Hydraulic intersection, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 9, 2017, retrieved December 28, 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Web. Nine out of ten Smart Scale applications recommended for funding, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Town Crier Productions, January 22, 2021, retrieved January 5, 2023.
  7. Web. Accelerated schedule for Hydraulic planning approved, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 1, 2016, retrieved December 13, 2016.