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{{Infobox Transportation
== Project details ==
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| name =Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange
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| photo =alternativeC1.jpg
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| caption =
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| status ={{underway}}
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<!--ABOVE USE:{{proposed}},{{planned}},{{underway}},{{complete}},or {{canceled}} -->
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| meeting = TBA
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| location = Intersection of McIntire Road and Route 250 Bypass
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<!--ABOVE USE JURISDICTION: Albemarle, Charlottesville -->
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| cost = $32.5 million<ref name=ctcouncilreviews/>
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| sponsor =Charlottesville
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<!--ABOVE USE: Albemarle, Charlottesville, VDOT -->
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| purpose =1. To enhance transportation mobility for local residents<br>2. To safely accommodate projected future traffic volumes<br>3. To accommodate and enhance pedestrian and bicycle needs in the project area
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| status-desc = Awaiting memorandum of agreement, final engineering
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| website =[http://www.250interchange.org/index.htm Project website]
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| vdot-dashboard = [http://dashboard.virginiadot.org/Pages/Projects/EngineeringDetailDesign.aspx?prj_nbr=85708]
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| contact =[[Angela Tucker]], Development Services Manager, Charlottesville
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}}
  
The Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange is an element in the development of the city's portion of the [[Meadowcreek Parkway]]. Preliminary engineering work is ongoing, with the selection of a final design alternative slated for early 2008. Costs for the project range between $33 to $37 million. The majority of funding comes from an appropriation of federal funds announced in 2005. This came from an earmark from Senator John Warner (R-VA).  
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The '''Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange''' an element of the city's portion of the [[John Warner Parkway]] and replaced an at-grade intersection of [[McIntire Road]] and [[Route 250]].  
  
The City of Charlottesville is overseeing the project.  
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Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015 though the interchange was opened in January 2015.
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<ref>{{cite web|title=Regional planning officials discuss projects, future changes|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/14622-regional-planning-officials/|author=Tim Shea|work=|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|location=|publishdate=April 22, 2013|accessdate=April 24, 2013}}</ref> The city portion of the Meadowcreek Parkway (called [[McIntire Road Extended]]) was completed in August 2013, but it will not be open to traffic until the completion of the interchange.<ref>{{cite-progress|title=As interchange work progresses, city’s portion of Meadow Creek Parkway is completed|url=http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/as-interchange-work-progresses-city-s-portion-of-meadow-creek/article_485f8f86-fd5b-11e2-8ce1-001a4bcf6878.html|author=|pageno=|printdate=5 Aug 2013|publishdate=4 Aug 2013|accessdate=5 Aug 2013}}</ref>
  
The project's stated purpose is:
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==History==
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The city advertised the project for construction in the fall of 2012 and the lowest bid was submitted by General Excavation of Waynesboro.<ref>{{cite web|title=Construction nears for parkway interchange|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/13863-interchange-construction/|author=Sean Tubbs|work=|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|location=|publishdate=January 15, 2013|accessdate=January 24, 2013}}</ref> The city is verifying that bid and will make an award in March 2013, with construction expected to begin in summer 2013.
  
#To enhance transportation mobility for local residents
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[[image:Mcintire-interchange.png|left|250px]]The final design was created the firm [[RK&K]].<ref name="feb12-update">{{cite web|title=Parkway interchange awaits result of federal lawsuit|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/5890-interchange-lawsuit-update/|author=Sean Tubbs|work=|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|location=|publishdate=February 26, 2012|accessdate=October 6, 2014}}</ref>
#To safely accommodate projected future traffic volumes
 
#To accommodate and enhance pedestrian and bicycle needs in the project area
 
  
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The Federal Highway Administration issued a "Finding of No Significant Impact" on September 29, 2010, allowing the interchange to proceed to the next phase of construction.<ref name="pr">{{cite web|title=Route 250 Bypass Interchange at McIntire Road Press Release|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/docs/20101001-MRI-Announcement.pdf|author=|work=|publisher=|location=Charlottesville, Virginia|publishdate=|accessdate=October 1, 2010}}</ref>
  
== Status ==
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After the FONSI was issued, the [[Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park]] filed suit against the FHWA to stop the interchange's construction.<ref name="20110224-ct" /> Judge [[Norman K. Moon]] filed a scheduling order on April 25, 2011, and testimony was heard on  April 25, 2012.<ref>{{cite web|title=Route 250 Bypass Interchange at McIntire Road hearing soon to be scheduled |url=http://kleemanblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/route-250-bypass-interchange-at.html|author=Peter Kleeman|work=|publisher=|location=|publishdate=May 9, 2011|accessdate=May 10, 2011}}</ref> On May 29, 2012, Judge Moon dismissed the Coalition's lawsuit, finding that the preliminary actions taken by the FHWA to estimate the proposed interchange's environmental impact were adequate. Moon also found that the project's impact on the "unique characteristics" (the Rock Hill Landscape and Dogwood Memorial, e.g.) of the surrounding area were not severe enough to warrant halting the project.<ref name="Verdict">{{cite web|title=Judge Moon rules against Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park; Parkway Interchange to proceed|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/5769-interchange-lawsuit-resolved/|author=Sean Tubbs|work=|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|location=|publishdate=May 29, 2012|accessdate=October 6, 2014}}</ref>
  
In design and environmental review stage. This project is being managed by Charlottesville under the First Cities initiative, with technical support provided by [[VDOT]]. City Council voted 4-1 in July 2007 to approve project's fit with the city's comprehensive plan. On February 19, 2008, Neighborhood Development Staff asked City Council to spend $1 million to match a VDOT revenue sharing plan. This would be put aside to pay for pedestrian and improvements, above and beyond the money from the federal government.
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== Project details ==
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[[Image:Meadowcreek.jpg|right|250px]] A cost estimate from January 2012  places the cost estimate for the project at $33.5 million, though the project could increase in cost.<ref name="feb12-update" /> The majority of funding comes from an appropriation of two federal earmarks<ref>{{cite web|title=Earmark - Construct Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange, Charlottesville ($2 million)|url=http://earmarks.omb.gov/earmarks-public/authorization_earmarks/earmark_189660.html|author=|work=|publisher=Office of Management and Budget|location=|publishdate=|accessdate=4 Jan 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|title=Earmark - Construct Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange, Charlottesville ($25 million)|url=http://earmarks.omb.gov/earmarks-public/authorization_earmarks/earmark_189123.html|author=|work=|publisher=Office of Management and Budget|location=|publishdate=|accessdate=4 Jan 2012}}</ref> announced in 2005 totaling $27 million via former Senator [[John Warner]] (R-VA). Other funds come from the City's match as well as [[VDOT revenue sharing]]. This project is being managed by Charlottesville under the First Cities initiative, with technical support provided by [[VDOT]].  
  
On March 18, 2008, the Steering Committee voted to select Alternative C1 as the preferred alternative. <ref>[http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2008/03/250_interchange.html 'Oval roundabout preferred by 250 Interchange Steering Committee'], Charlottesville Tomorrow, posted on March 20, 2008</ref>. However, City Council decided instead to select Alternative G1, a signalized intersection<ref>[http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2008/06/council_interchange.html 'City Council selects signalized intersection for Meadowcreek Parkway interchange'], Charlottesville Tomorrow. 5 Jun. 2008. Charlottesville Tomorrow. 2 Mar. 2009</ref>, as its designated alternative.
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===Grade separation===
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There is an agreement among the city, county, and VDOT that the interchange must be grade-separated.<ref name=ctcouncilreviews>{{cite web|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/6703-council-reviews-details-of-meadowcreek-parkway-int/|title=Council reviews details of Meadowcreek Parkway interchange design|author=Sean Tubbs|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|publishdate=October 7 2009|accessdate=October 6, 2014}}</ref> Some members of the community are alarmed that the north-south pedestrian and bike trails will have to cross the on-ramps leading to U.S. 250 at-grade.<ref name=ctcouncilreviews>{{cite web|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/6636-meadowcreek_interchange_approval/|title=Council approves Meadowcreek Parkway interchange; mitigation letters awaiting signatures|author=Sean Tubbs|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|publishdate=December 11, 2009|accessdate=October 6, 2014}}</ref>
  
The project is currently undergoing the Section 106 process with a variety of federal and state agencies including the [[Department of Historic Resources]] and the [[Army Corps of Engineers]].  
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===Effects on parks===
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The [[Charlottesville Skateboard Park]] requires relocation due to the construction of the interchange.<ref name=looming>{{cite-progress|title=With parkway looming, where is a skater to go?|url=http://www2.dailyprogress.com/news/2011/oct/29/parkway-looming-where-skater-go-ar-1420767/|author=BRYAN MCKENZIE |publishdate= October 29, 2011}}</ref>
  
== Steering Committee ==
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==History==
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*February 18, 2003 - City Council hears report from NDS Director [[Jim Tolbert]] regarding an RFP that was being issued to study possible intersection designs for where the Meadowcreek Parkway would meet the Route 250 Bypass.<ref>{{minutes-citycouncil|when=18 Feb. 2003|id=195906}}</ref>
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*July 2007 - Council votes 4-1 in July 2007 to approve project's fit with the city's comprehensive plan.<ref>{{cite web|title=Council acts on Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/7499-interchange-pre/|author=|work=|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|location=|publishdate=3 July 2007|accessdate=9 July 2013}}</ref>
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*February 19, 2008 - Neighborhood Development staff asks Council to spend $1 million to match a VDOT revenue sharing plan. This would be put aside to pay for pedestrian and improvements, above and beyond the money from the federal government.
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*March 18, 2008 - Steering committee overseeing the interchange designed votes 5-1-1 to select Alternative C1 as its preferred alternative. <ref>{{cite web|title=Oval roundabout preferred by 250 Interchange Steering Committee|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/7275-250_interchange/|author=Sean Tubbs|work=|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|location=|publishdate=March 20, 2008|accessdate=October 6, 2014}}</ref>
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*June 4, 2008 - City Council selected a modified version of Alternative G1. <ref>{{cite web|title=City Council selects signalized intersection for Meadowcreek Parkway interchange|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/7209-council_interchange/
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|author=Sean Tubbs|work=|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|location=|publishdate=June 5, 2008|accessdate=October 6, 2014}}</ref>
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*October 29, 2009 - Design public hearing
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*November 16, 2009 - Council presented with design
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*December 7, 2009 - Council approved design on 3-2 vote and authorizes City Manager Gary O'Connell to proceed with MOA
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*September 29, 2010: Federal Highway Administration issues Finding of No Significant Impact.<ref name="pr" />
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*February 22, 2011: [[Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park]] sues FHWA to seek injunction against interchange's construction.<ref name="20110224-ct">{{cite web|title=Meadowcreek opponents file federal suit|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/6298-meadowcreek-opponents-file-federal-suit/|author=Sean Tubbs|work=|publisher=|location=|publishdate=February 24, 2011|accessdate=October 6, 2014}}</ref>
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*April 25, 2012: Judge Norman K. Moon hears testimony in segmentation case.<ref name="hearing">{{cite web|title=Judge Moon hears testimony in Meadowcreek interchange case|url=http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/5818-parkway_lawsuit/|author=Sean Tubbs|work=|publisher=Charlottesville Tomorrow|location=|publishdate=April 25, 2012|accessdate=October 6, 2014}}</ref>
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*May 29, 2012: Judge Moon rules in favor of the FHWA.<ref name="Verdict" />
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*January 2015: Interchange opened
  
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===Design Steering Committee===
 
The project's initial development was overseen by a steering committee, appointed by the Charlottesville Mayor and City Council.  
 
The project's initial development was overseen by a steering committee, appointed by the Charlottesville Mayor and City Council.  
  
 
*[[Richard Berman]], Neighborhood Representative
 
*[[Richard Berman]], Neighborhood Representative
*[[Stephen Bolton]], CHART
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*[[Stephen Bolton]], [[CHART Advisory Committee]]
 
*[[John Conover]], [[Rivanna Trails Foundation]]
 
*[[John Conover]], [[Rivanna Trails Foundation]]
*[[Michael Farruggio]], Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
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*[[Michael Farruggio]], [[Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board]]
*[[Robert Hodous]], Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
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*[[Robert Hodous]], [[Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce]]
 
*[[John Hossack]], Neighborhood Representative
 
*[[John Hossack]], Neighborhood Representative
 
*[[Cheri Lewis]], [[Charlottesville Planning Commission]]
 
*[[Cheri Lewis]], [[Charlottesville Planning Commission]]
 
*[[Kevin Lynch]], [[Charlottesville City Council]]
 
*[[Kevin Lynch]], [[Charlottesville City Council]]
 
*[[Leigh B. Middleditch, Jr]]., [[Citizens Committee for City-County Cooperation]]
 
*[[Leigh B. Middleditch, Jr]]., [[Citizens Committee for City-County Cooperation]]
*[[Calvin Morris]], Albemarle County Planning Commission,
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*[[Calvin Morris]], [[Albemarle County Planning Commission]]
 
*[[Russell Perry]], Planner/Architect
 
*[[Russell Perry]], Planner/Architect
  
 
'''Alternates:''' (also appointed by Mayor/City Council of Charlottesville)
 
'''Alternates:''' (also appointed by Mayor/City Council of Charlottesville)
*[[Jeffrey Wilbur]], Rivanna Trails Foundation
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*[[Jeffrey Wilbur]], [[Rivanna Trails Foundation]]
 
*[[Robert Winstead]], Planner/Architect
 
*[[Robert Winstead]], Planner/Architect
  
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*[[Angela Tucker]], Charlottesville Project Manager
 
*[[Angela Tucker]], Charlottesville Project Manager
  
== Google Map ==
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==Map==
 
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{{Map|lat=38.042734|lng=-78.474827|zoom=15}}
The new version of Charlottesville Tomorrow's Transportation Matrix is being developed in [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=109686697319922348715.00043c1300be673f805ba&ll=38.042582,-78.473132&spn=0.007976,0.014591&z=16 Google Maps], and it will eventually replace the image below.
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{{coord|38.042734|N|-78.474827|W|display=title}}
  
 
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== References==
 
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<references/>
<googlemap lat="38.04281" lon="-78.474859" width="250" height="250" zoom="17">
 
38.037005, -78.469162, Charlottesville Tomorrow
 
</googlemap>
 
  
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
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[http://www.250interchange.org/ Route 250 Interchange Project by RK&K]
  
== Notes ==
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[[Category: Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) items]]
<references/>
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[[Category:North Downtown]]
 
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[[Category:U.S. Route 250]]
 
 
 
 
[http://www.250interchange.org/index.htm Route 250 Interchange Project by RK&K]
 
 
 
[[Category: Transportation Matrix]]
 
[[Category: Road projects in the City]]
 

Latest revision as of 14:49, 25 March 2015


Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange
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Project Underway

Project Overview

1. To enhance transportation mobility for local residents
2. To safely accommodate projected future traffic volumes
3. To accommodate and enhance pedestrian and bicycle needs in the project area
Cost $32.5 million[1]
Location Intersection of McIntire Road and Route 250 Bypass
Sponsor Charlottesville
Next meeting TBA

Status Update

Awaiting memorandum of agreement, final engineering

Website Project website
VDOT Dashboard [1]
Contact Angela Tucker, Development Services Manager, Charlottesville

The Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange an element of the city's portion of the John Warner Parkway and replaced an at-grade intersection of McIntire Road and Route 250.

Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015 though the interchange was opened in January 2015. [2] The city portion of the Meadowcreek Parkway (called McIntire Road Extended) was completed in August 2013, but it will not be open to traffic until the completion of the interchange.[3]

History

The city advertised the project for construction in the fall of 2012 and the lowest bid was submitted by General Excavation of Waynesboro.[4] The city is verifying that bid and will make an award in March 2013, with construction expected to begin in summer 2013.

Mcintire-interchange.png

The final design was created the firm RK&K.[5]

The Federal Highway Administration issued a "Finding of No Significant Impact" on September 29, 2010, allowing the interchange to proceed to the next phase of construction.[6]

After the FONSI was issued, the Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park filed suit against the FHWA to stop the interchange's construction.[7] Judge Norman K. Moon filed a scheduling order on April 25, 2011, and testimony was heard on April 25, 2012.[8] On May 29, 2012, Judge Moon dismissed the Coalition's lawsuit, finding that the preliminary actions taken by the FHWA to estimate the proposed interchange's environmental impact were adequate. Moon also found that the project's impact on the "unique characteristics" (the Rock Hill Landscape and Dogwood Memorial, e.g.) of the surrounding area were not severe enough to warrant halting the project.[9]

Project details

Meadowcreek.jpg

A cost estimate from January 2012 places the cost estimate for the project at $33.5 million, though the project could increase in cost.[5] The majority of funding comes from an appropriation of two federal earmarks[10][11] announced in 2005 totaling $27 million via former Senator John Warner (R-VA). Other funds come from the City's match as well as VDOT revenue sharing. This project is being managed by Charlottesville under the First Cities initiative, with technical support provided by VDOT.

Grade separation

There is an agreement among the city, county, and VDOT that the interchange must be grade-separated.[1] Some members of the community are alarmed that the north-south pedestrian and bike trails will have to cross the on-ramps leading to U.S. 250 at-grade.[1]

Effects on parks

The Charlottesville Skateboard Park requires relocation due to the construction of the interchange.[12]

History

  • February 18, 2003 - City Council hears report from NDS Director Jim Tolbert regarding an RFP that was being issued to study possible intersection designs for where the Meadowcreek Parkway would meet the Route 250 Bypass.[13]
  • July 2007 - Council votes 4-1 in July 2007 to approve project's fit with the city's comprehensive plan.[14]
  • February 19, 2008 - Neighborhood Development staff asks Council to spend $1 million to match a VDOT revenue sharing plan. This would be put aside to pay for pedestrian and improvements, above and beyond the money from the federal government.
  • March 18, 2008 - Steering committee overseeing the interchange designed votes 5-1-1 to select Alternative C1 as its preferred alternative. [15]
  • June 4, 2008 - City Council selected a modified version of Alternative G1. [16]
  • October 29, 2009 - Design public hearing
  • November 16, 2009 - Council presented with design
  • December 7, 2009 - Council approved design on 3-2 vote and authorizes City Manager Gary O'Connell to proceed with MOA
  • September 29, 2010: Federal Highway Administration issues Finding of No Significant Impact.[6]
  • February 22, 2011: Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park sues FHWA to seek injunction against interchange's construction.[7]
  • April 25, 2012: Judge Norman K. Moon hears testimony in segmentation case.[17]
  • May 29, 2012: Judge Moon rules in favor of the FHWA.[9]
  • January 2015: Interchange opened

Design Steering Committee

The project's initial development was overseen by a steering committee, appointed by the Charlottesville Mayor and City Council.

Alternates: (also appointed by Mayor/City Council of Charlottesville)

Project Team: Technical Support Staff to Steering Committee

Map

Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 38°02′34″N 78°28′29″E / 38.042734°N -78.474827°W / 38.042734; --78.474827

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Web. Council reviews details of Meadowcreek Parkway interchange design, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 7 2009, retrieved October 6, 2014. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ctcouncilreviews" defined multiple times with different content
  2. Web. Regional planning officials discuss projects, future changes, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 22, 2013, retrieved April 24, 2013.
  3. Web. As interchange work progresses, city’s portion of Meadow Creek Parkway is completed, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, 4 Aug 2013, retrieved 5 Aug 2013.
  4. Web. Construction nears for parkway interchange, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 15, 2013, retrieved January 24, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Web. Parkway interchange awaits result of federal lawsuit, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 26, 2012, retrieved October 6, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Web. Route 250 Bypass Interchange at McIntire Road Press Release, Charlottesville, Virginia, retrieved October 1, 2010.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Web. Meadowcreek opponents file federal suit, Sean Tubbs, February 24, 2011, retrieved October 6, 2014.
  8. Web. Route 250 Bypass Interchange at McIntire Road hearing soon to be scheduled, Peter Kleeman, May 9, 2011, retrieved May 10, 2011.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Web. Judge Moon rules against Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park; Parkway Interchange to proceed, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 29, 2012, retrieved October 6, 2014.
  10. Web. Earmark - Construct Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange, Charlottesville ($2 million), Office of Management and Budget, retrieved 4 Jan 2012.
  11. Web. Earmark - Construct Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange, Charlottesville ($25 million), Office of Management and Budget, retrieved 4 Jan 2012.
  12. Web. With parkway looming, where is a skater to go?, BRYAN MCKENZIE, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, October 29, 2011
  13. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 18 Feb. 2003.
  14. Web. Council acts on Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange, Charlottesville Tomorrow, 3 July 2007, retrieved 9 July 2013.
  15. Web. Oval roundabout preferred by 250 Interchange Steering Committee, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 20, 2008, retrieved October 6, 2014.
  16. Web. City Council selects signalized intersection for Meadowcreek Parkway interchange, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 5, 2008, retrieved October 6, 2014.
  17. Web. Judge Moon hears testimony in Meadowcreek interchange case, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 25, 2012, retrieved October 6, 2014.

External links

Route 250 Interchange Project by RK&K