ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia Department of Transportation is hosting three special hearings on future projects that will take place throughout Albemarle County.

VDOT says the goal of these projects is to improve safety and reduce congestion for drivers throughout the county.

The hearing on Tuesday, October 9, was the first of three hearings over the next few days to get feedback on this set of projects, which are the first of their kind.

VDOT combined six projects into one design-and-build package to cut back on costs and time.

The projects include a diverging diamond intersection at Interstate 64 and Route 250, and a ramp change at Route 29 and Interstate 64.

VDOT held Tuesday night’s hearing not only to receive feedback about the projects, but to inform the public before they begin.

"Well, getting feedback from people is important in the public process,” Joel Denunzio of VDOT said. “We want to know what people think about the projects, if they think it will improve the safety or flow of the intersections, because most of these projects are at key intersections in the county."

The six projects are expected to begin in late 2019 and be complete in 2023.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold two more public hearings on these projects throughout Albemarle County over the next two days.

The next hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 10, at Western Albemarle High School from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Click here for the full list of the projects and information on the remaining public hearings.