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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
Summer 2018

Est Completion Date
Summer 2018 (based on chosen construction alternative)

In Design

$3 million

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



Howard Tomlinson
Lou Hatter

Attend a Public Hearing

VDOT invites residents and other interested parties to attend a design public hearing on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 3045 Morgantown Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

The public hearing is an opportunity to give VDOT comments and/or suggestions regarding the proposed project. Representatives from VDOT will be available to answer questions and take public input.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send comments to Howard Tomlinson, Project Manager, VDOT Culpeper District, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701, or A comment worksheet is linked below.

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. 

What Is Proposed?

VDOT proposes to replace the existing bridge with a four-cell box culvert. The box culvert would be installed in four sections. This proposed culvert design will allow for a much shorter construction period than replacing the bridge in kind.  

VDOT is presenting two construction alternatives with respective schedules and traffic impacts for public input:

Alternative A: The first alternative proposes to expedite construction by closing Route 250 at Little Ivy Creek in both directions for two weeks with a detour in place. Eastbound motorists would be directed to Interstate 64 and use exit 118 to Route 29 (Monacan Trail) north, which carries traffic back to Route 250. Westbound motorists would 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.

Alternative B: The second alternative involves a phased approach to construction. The bridge would be reduced to one lane and two-way traffic would be controlled by temporary traffic signals for at least three months. A significant disruption to traffic flow, especially during rush hour, is expected with this alternative.

Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2018. The public will be notified about traffic impacts and changes through media reports, social media posts and 511, as well as coordination with Albemarle County and other stakeholder groups.

Project Schedule

Public hearing: January 10, 2017
Public comment period ends: January 20, 2017
Construction advertisement: Late 2017
Construction start: Summer 2018
Construction completion: Summer 2018 (based on chosen construction alternative)

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 as the design is developed.


Resources and Information

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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