Meadow Creek Parkway Interchange

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Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange
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Planned

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 TBA
Sponsor Charlottesville
Next meeting TBA

Status Update

Awaiting memorandum of agreement, final engineering

Website Project website
Contact Angela Tucker, Development Services Manager, Charlottesville

The Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange is an element of the city's portion of the Meadowcreek Parkway. It replaces the existing intersection of McIntire Road and Route 250 and will connect them both to the Parkway using a diamond signalized interchange. Engineers with the firm RKK are currently[when?] working on a final design, which should be ready by 2011. 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[2].

Project details

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The current[when?] cost estimate of the project is $32.5 million, though the project could increase in cost. The majority of funding comes from an appropriation of federal funds announced in 2005. This came from an earmark from 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. [3]

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[4].
  • July 2007 - Council votes 4-1 in July 2007 to approve project's fit with the city's comprehensive plan[citation needed].
  • 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[5].
  • June 4, 2008 - City Council selected a modified version of Alternative G1[6].
  • 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[2]
  • February 22, 2011: Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park sues FHWA to seek injunction against interchange's construction. [7]

Status

Ambox notice.png This section documents a current transportation project. Information may change rapidly as the event progresses.

The Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park has filed suit against the Federal Highway Administration to stop the interchange's construction. [7] Judge Norman K. Moon filed a scheduling order on April 25, 2011, though a trial date has not been set. [8]

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 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ctcouncilreviews" defined multiple times with different content
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Route 250 Bypass Interchange at McIntire Road Press Release, Charlottesville, Virginia, retrieved October 1, 2010.
  3. Web. With parkway looming, where is a skater to go?, BRYAN MCKENZIE, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, October 29, 2011
  4. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 18 Feb. 2003.
  5. 'Oval roundabout preferred by 250 Interchange Steering Committee', Charlottesville Tomorrow, posted on March 20, 2008
  6. 'City Council selects signalized intersection for Meadowcreek Parkway interchange', Charlottesville Tomorrow. 5 Jun. 2008. Charlottesville Tomorrow. 2 Mar. 2009
  7. 7.0 7.1 Web. Meadowcreek opponents file federal suit, Sean Tubbs, February 24, 2011, retrieved March 10, 2011.
  8. Web. Route 250 Bypass Interchange at McIntire Road hearing soon to be scheduled, Peter Kleeman, May 9, 2011, retrieved May 10, 2011.

External links

Route 250 Interchange Project by RK&K