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Phase 2 - Connectivity: Roadways & Transit

Phase 2 - Connectivity: Roadways & Transit

Crozetians have told us about the importance of connecting Crozet's different neighborhoods and centers with safe routes for vehicles and transit opportunities.

We invite you to discuss potential projects and recommendations that can address the community's goals regarding interconnected streets, traffic operations and safety, and transit.

Your participation will be used to draft recommendations in the Connectivity Chapter of the Crozet Master Plan. 

Introduction

A Master Plan is a collaboratively developed document that describes a community's vision for future development, using text, maps and diagrams. 

In Albemarle County, Master Plans are used for each Development Area to guide future public and private development.  They are incorporated in to the County's overall Comprehensive Plan document. 

This online feedback opportunity is a part of the process to update the 2010 Crozet Master Plan.

You can always refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and Glossary on the right side of your web page while filling out this form.

This form includes questions about: 

Downtown Crozet - This includes intersections and traffic conditions on Crozet Avenue as well as transit and parking access to the Downtown area.

Route 250 - This includes intersections and traffic conditions near Brownsville Elementary School, Henley Middle School, and Western Albemarle High School and on this corridor generally.

Emerging Priorities - This includes newly identified priorities and concerns from the Master Plan Update process, including transit ridership and Eastern Avenue.

Other Opportunities - This includes any other connections and obstacles not discussed elsewhere.

Each response is recorded individually. If you can’t respond to every question all at once (or only want to answer questions for a specific area), you can come back at any time and resume. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who maintains public roadways in Albemarle County? Public roadways in Albemarle County are maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

How are roadways and intersections designed? VDOT identifies roadway and facility design criteria based on a roadway's function and site conditions. Technical considerations such as travel speed, traffic volumes, roadway curves, sight distance, and distance between intersections determine what type of roadway and intersection may be appropriate.

How does the Master Plan relate to funding decisions? The Master Plan identifies the necessary infrastructure projects to support planned growth within the Crozet area. The Master Plan identifies an early design concept, cost estimate, and timing for when the project will be needed in order to inform prioritization of projects across Albemarle County.

How are roadways projects funded and built? Albemarle County prioritizes road projects across the County's urban and rural areas based on the County's Comprehensive Plan, Master Plans, Small Area Plans, Corridor Studies, or Transportation plans. County funding for transportation projects is limited, and the prioritization process helps to determine which projects have the highest benefit and potential to score highly for eligible grants and funding mechanisms.

What are some of the County's primary funding mechanisms?

  • SMART Scale: This program is the primary funding mechanism for transportation projects across Virginia. About $750 million is available statewide, and the process is highly competitive. Projects are scored based on six identified factors.
  • Revenue Sharing: This program involves a 50-50 match between state and local funds. $5 million is available in state funding per locality each year.
  • Transportation Alternatives Program: This program funds projects that expand non-motorized travel choices and enhance the transportation experience. This program is highly competitive and a local match is required.
  • Highway Safety Improvement Program: This program awards funds for improvements related to specific safety issues.
  • Recreation Access Fund: This program assists localties in providing access to public recreational or historic areas owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia or a local government. Funding is limited to $300,000 for local governments, with additional funds available if matched dollar-for-dollar.
  • Capital Improvement Program: Albemarle County can fully fund capital projects or use County funds to match grant applications.

How long does it take to build a planned roadway or improvement? After planning and prioritization, a roadway project typically moves through the following stages:

  • Preliminary engineering & design
  • Right-of-way acquisition and final design
  • Construction

The length of time spent in each phase varies depending on the scope and complexity of the project. 

Glossary

Vehicle level of service: Level of service (LOS) is defined in terms of vehicle delay, measured in seconds, which quantifies several intangible factors, including driver discomfort, frustration, and lost travel time. Typically, LOS A-D are considered acceptable while LOS E and F correlate to undesirable delays.

Vehicle delay: Vehicle delay is a complex measure based on many variables, including signal phasing (i.e., progression of movements through the intersection), signal cycle length, and traffic volumes with respect to intersection capacity.