Traffic restrictions are necessary to excavate, construct bridge abutments for overpass
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Next week marks a new phase of work on the Rio Road grade-separated intersection project that will require nightly closures of the Rio Road crossover at Route 29. During the closures traffic on Rio Road will not be able to cross Route 29 or make left turns onto Route 29.
The work involves excavation and construction of the abutments on which the bridge beams will rest when they are placed next summer. Once the area is excavated pilings will be sunken into the ground to form the foundation for the bridge. All lanes and traffic movements will be restored by 6 a.m. each morning.
During the nightly closures left turns from Route 29 onto Rio Road will also be prohibited. Through traffic traveling north and south on Route 29 will be maintained. Right turns will be permitted from Route 29 onto Rio Road and from Rio Road eastbound to Route 29 southbound.
Business entrances on Route 29 north and south of the intersection, and on Rio Road east and west of Route 29, will remain open during the utility work. Signed detours will be in place to direct traffic around the work zone.
The contractor for the three design-build projects: Rio Road intersection, Route 29 widening and the Berkmar Drive extension has established a toll-free telephone number for residents to call regarding questions or issues related to those projects. Calls to the number, 844-220-5540, will be returned by Lane-Corman Joint Venture staff within one business day.
The Rio Road grade-separated intersection project is one of eight Route 29 Solutions highway projects to improve safety and increase mobility along the Route 29 corridor in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. To learn more, visit Route29Solutions.org. Information about upcoming lane closures and other traffic impacts, as well as news about the projects, is posted on the News and Traffic Alerts page.