Monticello Avenue Bike Lanes and Pedestrian Crossings

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us_crosswalk_sign_clip_art_25661UPDATE: The city was awarded funding from VDOT to improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities at the Monticello/Ridge and Monticello/2nd Street intersections. A public information meeting will be held on April 17, 2019 at City Space (100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902) from 5-7PM as an opportunity for the public to review the plans and provide comments.

Click the links below to review the proposed improvements: 

Monticello/Ridge Street Citizen Information 

Monticello/2nd Street Citizen Information

If the comments cannot be addressed, individuals may request a public hearing by sending a written request to Ms. Amanda Poncy, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator prior to April 27, 2019Notice of Willingness to Hold A Public Hearing 

Project Schedule 

• April 17, 2019 - Attend a public information meeting and review the preliminary intersection designs on April 17, 2019 between 5-7PM at City Space, 100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902. (send comments by 4/27/19 to bikeped@charlottesville.org)

• April 27 - Submit Public Comment or Written Request to Hold a Public Hearing

• May 2019 - Finalize Design Plans

• July 2019 - Advertise for Construction

• Fall 2019 -Anticipated construction 

Background Information

For many years, Belmont residents have expressed concerns about safety, traffic speeds and the visibility of non-motorized users along the Monticello Avenue corridor. In 2012, the city was awarded funding to improve pedestrian crossings at the the intersections of 6th and Rialto. Those intersection projects are complete.

As part of the Strategic Investment Area Plan process (adopted in 2013), concept plans were developed for the Monticello Ave/Ridge Street and Monticello/2nd Street intersections. The city was awarded funding by the Virginia Department of Transportation to improve pedestrian crossings and bicycle facilities at these two intersections

Monticello Avenue is also an important corridor both locally and nationally. It is part of U.S. Bicycle Route 76, a transatlantic bike route which runs from coastal Virginia to central Missouri and the main route between Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Pedestrian Mall and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The proposed bicycle and pedestrian designs are a result of several efforts: 2003 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, the Clark Elementary Safe Routes to School Travel Plan, the recently adopted Strategic Investment Area Plan, and two neighborhood meetings/walking tours.

monticello_map_rev_lo Project Process to Date

On Monday, May 12, 2014, the City of Charlottesville held a Walking Tour & Open House for city residents to share observations and provide feedback on proposed conceptual designs for bicycle lanes and pedestrian crossing changes along Monticello Avenue (from Ridge Street to the City Limits). Two alternatives for bike lane installation were presented for review and feedback. Intersection improvements were also reviewed.

Alternative 1 resulted in bike lanes in both directions throughout the corridor. Implementation of this option would result in the removal of parking on one side of the roadway between 6th Street and Meridian as well as from Carlton to Druid with complete elimination from Tufton to Carlton.

Alternative 2 resulted in a mixture of bike lanes and shared lanes throughout the corridor to preserve existing on-street parking wherever possible. This option attempted to install a climbing bicycle lane on uphill portions of the roadway, while bicyclists on the downhill side of the roadway would operate within a shared lane.

Based on feedback received at that meeting and follow-up comments sent via email, a third alternative was developed that responded to concerns about parking removal and the general concern about pedestrians crossing Carlton Ave. The revised alternative includes a conceptual design for reconstructing the Carlton Avenue intersection, bike lanes from the City limits to Meridian Street; climbing bike lanes on one side of the road between Meridian and Avon; and wider bike lanes from 6th Street to Ridge Street. Parking is consolidated to one side of the road for some sections. This conceptual alternative was presented at the August Neighborhood Association Meeting, where those present expressed support for plan.

The City held a public open house to review draft designs for proposed Monticello Avenue bike lanes and pedestrian crossings on January 12, 2015.  Residents, property owners and anyone interested could drop in at any time during that time to provide feedback. 

August 2014 Neighborhood Association Meeting Materials

Presentation

Revised Alternative

May 12, 2014 Meeting Materials

Presentation

Project Background/Next Steps

Existing Conditions

Alternative 1: Enhance Bicycle Facilities

Alternative 2: Minimized Parking Impacts

Summary of Public Comments Received at Workshop

January 12, 2015 

Monticello Avenue Bike Lanes and Pedestrian Crossings

 

Next Steps

Bike lane installation scheduled to be implemented when the road is repaved. Additional intersection improvements will be implemented as funding is available. 

Ridge and 2nd Street Intersection Improvements

Plan Review: Individuals are invited to attend a Citizen’s Information Meeting at City Space, 105 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902 on April 17, 2019 at 5:00PM to find out more about the project and review the plans. Individuals can also review the project information online at www.charlottesville.org/monticello or in person at the City of Charlottesville’s Neighborhood Development Services Department at 610 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 (enter from the Downtown Mall) through April 27.  

Requesting a Public Hearing: By this notice, the City is indicating its willingness to hold a public hearing for this project if individual concerns cannot be addressed. You may request a public hearing by sending a written request to Ms. Amanda Poncy, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator prior to April 27, 2019.  Mail written request to:

Amanda Poncy

City of Charlottesville

Neighborhood Development Services, 2nd Floor

610 East Market Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

For more information, contact Amanda Poncy; Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at poncy@charlottesville.org or (434) 970-3720.