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Route 250 (Ivy Road) Bridge Replacement, Albemarle County

Replacement of bridge over Little Ivy Creek

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
July 13, 2018

Est Completion Date
August 30, 2018

Phase
Under Construction

Cost
$1.2 million construction contract; $3 million total project estimate

Lengths and Limits
0.25 mile west of Route 637 (Dick Woods Road)

Contractor
Burleigh Construction Co, Inc. of Concord, Va.

Locality
Albemarle

District
Culpeper

Contact
Howard Tomlinson
540-829-7436
Lou Hatter
540-727-3201

Status: Route 250 Closed July 13-27

Route 250 (Ivy Road) will be closed for two weeks beginning at 8 p.m. July 13 while VDOT contractor Burleigh Construction Co., Inc. of Concord, Va. replaces the bridge over Little Ivy Creek. 

Using accelerated construction techniques, the bridge will be replaced with pre-cast box culverts that can be set more quickly, minimizing the length of the road closure. The bridge will reopen to traffic on or before Friday, July 27.

During the closure, motorists who normally travel over the bridge should use Interstate 64 as the detour route. The additional traffic will increase congestion during peak morning and afternoon travel times, and drivers should factor that into their trip planning. Access will be maintained to all cross streets and private entrances off Route 250 on both sides of the bridge, but traffic will not be able to travel across the bridge. 

Detour Information

Construction will be expedited by closing Route 250 at Little Ivy Creek in both directions for two weeks with a detour in place.

Eastbound motorists will be directed to Interstate 64 and use exit 118 to Route 29 (Monacan Trail) north, which carries traffic back to Route 250. Westbound motorists will reverse the detour and use exit 107 to Route 250 to navigate around the closure. The detour from one end of the bridge to the other is about 24 miles. Local traffic may use alternative secondary routes to navigate around the closure.

To reduce delays while the road is closed, VDOT has temporarily changed the traffic pattern on Route 250 at Interstate 64 in Crozet (mile marker 107). Drivers should be careful approaching the interchange and obey all signs and other traffic controls. 

Why Is The Road Closed Instead Of Phased Construction?

VDOT worked closely with Albemarle County, local emergency response agencies, businesses and nearby residents to determine the best way to accomplish the bridge replacement.

Comments received at the public hearing overwhelmingly favored the two-week closure rather than a phased construction plan that would have maintained one-way traffic on Route 250 for at least  three months.

The closure is scheduled during July to avoid affecting daily school traffic and to take advantage of the seasonal reduction in commuter traffic.

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to replace the existing substandard bridge on Route 250 (Ivy Road) over Little Ivy Creek. 

The bridge, which was built in 1936 and carries approximately 11,500 vehicles daily, according to 2014 data, is aged and in need of replacement. 

Project Schedule

Public hearing: January 10, 2017
Public comment period ends: January 20, 2017
Construction advertisement: Late 2017
Construction start: July 13, 2018
Construction completion: August 30, 2018

Project schedule is subject to change.

Project Costs

Total Cost: $3 million

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $600,000
Right of Way Acquisition, Relocation Assistance and Utility Relocation: $200,000
Construction: $2,118,303

Cost is subject to change.

 

Resources and Information

Route 250 Bridge at Ivy Will Close Friday Evening [July 13]
News release, July 11, 2018

Route 250 Bridge at Ivy Will Close July 13
News release, July 3, 2018

Public Hearing Jan. 10 For Route 250 Bridge Replacement
News release, Jan. 3, 2017

Project overview video

Public Hearing Materials:

    Alternative A (Full road closure) Displays:

    Alternative B (Phased construction) Displays:

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