VDOT Plans Reconstruction of 29 to 250 Interchange
The Virginia Department of Transportation is drawing up plans for a multi-million-dollar reconstruction of a busy Charlottesville interchange.
The $11.1 million project will redesign the interchange from Route 29 onto the 250 bypass. It will add a second right-turn lane onto the bypass ramp.
But first, drivers and property owners can weigh in. A public hearing on the subject will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the Holiday Inn on Emmett Street.
Signs are up alerting drivers that VDOT is making progress on the improvement project.
Currently, the plans would add a southbound lane in the median from just below Hydraulic Road down to the bypass, to make way for the additional turn lane. That lane will continue all the way down to the Barracks Road exit.
"It's improving safety and traffic flow through that area," said Stacy Londrey with VDOT. "There are bad backups—especially during commuting times—just based on the way the traffic pattern changes and the limitations of the one lane onto the 250 westbound bypass."
A preliminary noise study recommends sound walls along the ramp down toward Barracks Road to reduce the traffic noise in nearby neighborhoods.
The interchange redesign also adds a sidewalk between the north- and southbound lanes of 29 from Morton Drive—where Bodo's Bagels is—up to Angus Road.