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Closure of Barracks Rd overnight Sept. 3;

Post Date:08/28/2019 3:48 PM
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Media Contact
Brian Wheeler
Director of Communications
434-970-3129
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2019

Closure of Barracks Rd overnight Sept. 3; Monticello Rd flow reversal pilot Oct. 5

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -The City of Charlottesville has upcoming roadwork and a traffic flow pilot that will impact key roadways for short periods of time in September and October.

Closure of Barracks Rd overnight Sept. 3

Barracks Rd will be closed between Hessian Rd and Meadowbrook from 10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 until 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Vehicles accessing Barracks Rd south of Emmett St will be detoured to Rte 250 and Dairy Rd to Rugby Rd. North bound vehicles on Barracks Rd needing to access Emmet St will be detoured to Rugby Rd and Dairy Rd to Rte 250. This will be night shift work in an attempt to mitigate traffic delays in the area.

Monticello Rd flow reversal pilot Oct. 5

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, the City will conduct an approximately one hour trial reversing the flow of traffic on Monticello Rd near the Belmont Bridge. The flow reversal will occur between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Safety personnel will be on site and flagging operations will direct traffic while observations are conducted regarding turning radius and large vehicle maneuverability. Parking will be restricted on Monticello Road between Graves Street and Levy Avenue starting at midnight on October 5th until noon that same day.

If successful, a longer trial will be conducted to observe traffic operations under normal conditions. Signage will be erected under a longer trial notifying drivers of the one-way traffic flow and parking on Monticello Road between Graves Street and Levy Avenue will be moved to the other side of the road. Public notice will be given if a longer trial is planned.

WHAT TO EXPECT

• Flagging Operations will control the flow of travel.

• Traffic on Monticello Road between Hinton Avenue and Levy Avenue traveling north will be directed to the Garrett Street/Levy Avenue/Avon/9th Street signal.

• Traffic on Monticello Road between Graves Street and Levy Avenue traveling south will be directed to the Garrett Street/Levy Avenue/Avon/9th Street signal.

• No parking will be allowed on Monticello Road between Graves Street and Levy Avenue between 12 a.m. and 12 p.m. on October 5th. • Access to homes will be maintained.

• No impacts to pedestrian travel. As always, please look both ways before crossing the street.

PROJECT BACKGROUND The Belmont Bridge Replacement project is proposing to alter the Graves Avenue and Avon/9th Street intersection to restrict the left out movements onto Avon/9th Street. This will improve safety for all modes of travel by removing a low demand turning movement while improving overall traffic operations. Under the current street network configuration, travel demand and connectivity would be met though vehicles turning left at this intersection would now need to use old Avon Street to South Street to 6th Street to gain access to the signal at Garrett Street/Levy Avenue/Avon/9th Street.

Comment received from the public process requested the City consider reversing the flow of one-way traffic on Monticello Road between Graves Street and Levy Avenue. This would allow those formerly turning left onto Avon/9th Street to access the signal at Garrett Street/Levy Avenue/Avon/9th Street.

On August 20, 2019, the design for the new Belmont Bridge was approved by the Board of Architectural Review. The City has begun the right-of-way acquisition process and plans to begin construction in the Summer of 2020.

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