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CULP 2009-095

Aug. 14, 2009



VDOT PROVIDES PERMIT INFORMATION TO CORPS OF ENGINEERS
Plans include clarification of McIntire Road Extended project’s southern terminus


CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation has provided to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the information requested by the Corps to continue its review of a permit application for the McIntire Road Extended project in Charlottesville.

VDOT has submitted project plans showing an at-grade intersection with the Route 250 Bypass at McIntire Road. This was the original design for the road’s connection with Route 250 and McIntire Road that was approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in 1999. When the city of Charlottesville requested that VDOT consider a grade-separated interchange, and federal funds were allocated for that project, the McIntire Road Extended project was redesigned and shortened to tie into the interchange access ramps. As part of the response VDOT also provided communications from the Federal Highway Administration that established the independent utility, or benefit, of both the interchange and McIntire Road Extended if either is constructed without the other being built. 

In mid-July the Corps of Engineers requested that VDOT provide additional information and project plans showing the southern terminus of the McIntire Road Extended project. The Corps is reviewing the project to ensure compliance with federal requirements for construction work in certain waterways. The permit is required for this project to allow a box culvert to be placed in a tributary of Schenks Branch that will carry the stream beneath McIntire Road Extended.

The McIntire Road Extended project is scheduled to be advertised for construction bids later this year, with construction anticipated to begin in the spring of 2010. The project should be completed in late 2011 or early 2012, approximately the same time as the Meadowcreek Parkway and Route 250 interchange projects.


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