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Route 29/Rio Road Intersection

Grade separation of the intersection at Route 29 and Rio Road

Project at a Glance
Begin Date
Contract award February 2015

Est Completion Date
Construction complete December 2, 2016


$84.3 million (estimate subject to change as design is developed)

Lengths and Limits
1 mile; from Route 851 (Dominion Drive) to Route 1417 (Woodbrook Drive)

Lane-Corman Joint Venture



Hal Jones, Project Manager

Project Purpose

Grade separation of this intersection will move traffic more efficiently through one of the most congested intersections on the Route 29 corridor. Separating local and through traffic at this intersection, which has a history of high crash rates, will improve safety.

What is Proposed?

This project will separate traffic on Route 29 from traffic on Rio Road by replacing the current at-grade intersection with a grade-separated intersection. Rio Road will remain at roughly the current grade while Route 29 will be reconstructed to separate through traffic and local traffic exiting at Rio Road.

Four through lanes (two northbound, two southbound) will be constructed underneath Rio Road to carry traffic with destinations north or south of Rio Road. Local lanes will be built to the outside of the through lanes so traffic with local destinations can leave Route 29 onto Rio Road or access the businesses near the intersection.

The project is included in the Route 29 Solutions projects and is proposed to advance through construction as part of a design-build contract that also includes the widening of Route 29 between Route 643 (Polo Grounds Road) and Route 1719 (Towncenter Drive) and construction of an 2.3 mile-long extension of Berkmar Drive from its current end at Route 1438 (Hilton Heights Road) north to Route 1719 (Towncenter Drive).

Information and Resources

Maintenance of Traffic Requirements during construction of the Route 29-Rio Road grade-separated intersection and Route 29 Widening projects

Design Public Hearing
October 14, 2014, 5-7 p.m. 
Albemarle High School cafeteria
2775 Hydraulic Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Project at a Glance

Project concept rendering, 34.6 MB

Working draft rendering of grade-separated intersection (September 2014), 732 KB

Detail of grade-separated intersection (August 2014), 665 KB

Project locator map, 2 MB

Environmental Documents

Categorical Exclusion, National Environmental Policy Act, , 103 KB

Public Notice: Review and comment period for NEPA document, Sept. 9-24, 2014, 28 KB

Project Schedule

Environmental document review/comments: September 9-24, 2014

Design Public Hearing: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 5-7 p.m.
Albemarle High School cafeteria, 2775 Hydraulic  Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901 

Design-build contract award: February 2015

Construction began: August 2015

Construction complete:  December 2, 2016

Project Costs

Total Cost: $81 million

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $9 million

Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $36 million

Construction: $36 million

These costs are preliminary planning estimates and subject to change as the project is finalized.

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