Location set for Berkmar Drive extension hearing

road-work-headerThe Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a location public hearing to gather public comment on potential alignments for the extension of Route 1403 (Berkmar Drive) between Hilton Heights Road and Towncenter Drive in Albemarle County.

The public hearing will be held Thursday, Sept. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Doubletree Charlottesville Hotel, 990 Hilton Heights Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901. It will be held in an open forum format; members of the public will have an opportunity to view maps with the proposed alignments and speak with members of the project team. A court reporter will be available to record comments from meeting attendees; those comments will become part of the official hearing record. If the hearing must be postponed due to bad weather it will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22 at the Albemarle County Office Building, Lane Auditorium and Lobby, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

Comments may also be submitted for 10 days following the public hearing, either by email or by postal mail. Those comments should be addressed to Robert Strevell, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701. Comments may also be emailed to Robert.Strevell@vdot.virginia.gov. Please reference “Berkmar Drive Extension Location Hearing Comment” in the subject line.

The Berkmar Drive Extension project will build a new road running parallel to and west of Route 29 (Seminole Trail) that will provide an alternate route for local traffic. The proposed road will be 2.3 miles long and will include a bridge crossing the South Fork Rivanna River. The project, which is part of the Route 29 Solutions program, is estimated to cost $54 million.

More information about the project is available on VDOT’s web site at www.Route29Solutions.org.


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