Construction set to begin on new trail piece along 250 Bypass

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Construction is about to begin on a new section of a bicycle and pedestrian shared use path along the Route 250 Bypass.

According to a release from the city of Charlottesville, the new piece of trail will connect Hydraulic Road to Meadowbrook Heights Road and western McIntire Park.

The release adds the eventual plan is to have the trail connect to the YMCA, the new bicycle/pedestrian bridge in McIntire Park, the John Warner Parkway and Schenks Greenway trails.

An existing sidewalk will be converted into a paved shared use path, and a retaining wall will be built under the Dairy Road bridge to support the extension of the trail.

The city will also build a crossing island refuge at the intersection of the bypass and Meadowbook Heights Road.

Construction will begin Monday and is expected to last about two months, with a goal to be done before the next school year begins in August.

The release says the project, which costs about $1 million, has been funded by the Virginia Department of Transportation's Alternatives program, through which the city will provide 20 percent of the cost and the rest will come from VDOT.

There will be temporary closures for traffic entering the 250 Bypass from Grove Road due to the construction entrance at Meadowbrook Heights.

Detours will be in place during any closures.

The city says the turn lane exiting the westbound bypass will remain open for use except for rare, temporary closures if needed.

There will be a secondary construction entrance at Keith Valley Road.
Drivers will be able to use Meadowbrook Heights, King Mountain Road and Brandywine Drive to get onto Hydraulic Road or Dairy Road and Rugby Road to get onto the bypass near Hydraulic Road.

The city the project is not expected to impact vehicular traffic on the bypass during construction, but pedestrian traffic along the sidewalk will not be available.

The project will also be improving the path to Americans with Disabilities Act accessible standards and will allow for legal bicycle use.

More information on the trail system in Charlottesville, click on the link in the Related Links box.



 
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