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One block of 1st St and 2nd St SW reversed; Monticello Rd flow reversal pilot Oct. 5
Director of Communications
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville has several road projects and closures that will impact key roadways starting today.
#1 - First St & Second Street SW - Flow reversal for 6 month pilot
Effective today, one block of First St and one block of Second St SW, both between South St and Water St, have had their direction of travel reversed. Second St SW traffic will be able to continue in the same direction across the Downtown Mall to Market St.
This six-month pilot is intended to facilitate an alternate route for Charlottesville Area Transit's Free Trolley. The Free Trolley will begin using this route and a new stop at Midway Manor on South St starting October 1. The changes were implemented without a loss of on street parking.
#2 - Second Street SW - Downtown Mall crossing closed for Sun., Sept. 29
Along the Violet Crown Theater - The Mall crossing will be closed to vehicles
START: Sunday, Sept. 29 at 7 a.m.
FINISH: Sunday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m.
The Second Street vehicular crossing of Charlottesville's Downtown Mall will be closed to traffic on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the removal of a public art project on the wall of the Violet Crown Theater.
Charlottesville Area Transit routes will be detoured.
Trash pickup service will not be impacted.
#3 - 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.
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.