FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2022
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Week of November 28th to December 9th, 2022 – Closure of northbound shared straight/right turn lane @ East Market Street. Construction Vehicles entering/exiting the work zone on 9th/Avon Street. Closure of pedestrian tunnel to/from the Downtown Mall via the Pavilion on Water Street. Monticello Road closed to through traffic between Graves Street and Old Avon. East South Street closed to through traffic. Flagging on East South Street, Old Avon Street, Monticello Road, Graves Street and Water Street. Sidewalk Closure on 9th/Avon Street, Old Avon Street, Graves Street and Water Street. Crosswalk closure at Graves/9th/Avon Street and midblock crossing of Water Street under Belmont Bridge. UPCOMING – Temporary Parking Lot to be closed on one day the week of December 12th.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The far right, shared northbound straight/right turn lane on 9th/Avon will be closed to construct a retaining wall. This lane is north of the railroad and south of the East Market intersection. Vehicular traffic may also be stopped on the northbound travel lane of 9th/Avon Street to allow construction vehicles to enter/exit the work zone at both access points – one north of the railroad and the other south of the railroad. 9th/Avon Street will be paved within the construction area outside of the active travel lanes in preparation of the next traffic shift.
Stormwater and utility work will continue on the eastern side of 9th/Avon Street between Levy Avenue and Graves Street. Work will be conducted within the closed sidewalk as well the eastern northbound travel lane which is already barreled off. Work will begin on the new curb and sidewalk in this section so it may be reopened for pubic use.
The existing pedestrian tunnel to/from the Downtown Mall via the Ting Pavilion on Water Street will be closed until mid-December 2022. The detour route will be along the southern sidewalk on Water Street to the existing crosswalk at the Downtown Transit Station. A ramp and a staircase is located west of the Downtown Transit Station which connects to the Downtown Mall. The existing pedestrian tunnel’s extension has been poured and work has begun on the retaining wall on Water Street which will extend up to East Market Street. Vehicular traffic at the bridge on Water Street will be flagged intermittently with both pedestrian and vehicular travel being intermittently stopped for up to 15 minute intervals as construction vehicles enter and leave the work zone. The northern sidewalk east of the bridge on Water Street is also closed and pedestrians are being directed to the southern sidewalk at existing crosswalks.
Vehicular traffic will be flagged during the day on Old Avon, East South Street and Graves Street (between 9th/Avon Street and Monticello Road) to install new stormwater pipe and curb as well as accommodate bridge construction. East South Street will be paved the week of December 5th. The temporary parking lot entrance has moved from its location on East South Street to Old Avon while South Street is reconstructed. This temporary parking lot will be closed on one day the week of December 12th to perform maintenance. Notice will be provided in an upcoming traffic alert to remove all personal vehicles the night before to help us maintain this lot for future public use.
Monticello Road will be closed to through traffic between Graves Street and Old Avon Street to build the permanent retaining wall and for the crane used for bridge construction. Flagging of vehicular traffic may occur in this same section of Monticello Road.
To accommodate utility work, segments of sidewalk and crosswalks will also be closed as work progresses. No street will have both sides of the sidewalk closed at the same time. The eastern sidewalk along 9th/Avon Street will be closed between Levy Avenue and Graves Street with pedestrians directed to the western sidewalk along 9th/Avon Street. The western crosswalk across Graves Street will be closed with pedestrians directed to the mid-block crossing 9th/Avon Street at Graves. Pedestrians on Graves Street’s northern sidewalk between 9th/Avon and Monticello Road may be stopped by a flagger for up to 5 minutes to allow vehicles to load and exit work area.
The eastern sidewalk along 9th/Avon Street between Graves Street and East Market Street remains closed as work begins on the new sidewalk and pedestrian lighting. The southern sidewalk along Old Avon Street is closed between Monticello Road and where it terminates near East South Street.
Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project area and access to private parcels will be accommodated.
Construction is being conducted by Caton Construction Group, Inc. for the City of Charlottesville’s Department of Public Works. The pedestrian pushbuttons at the 9th/Avon/Levy/Garrett intersection have been relocated to the large, wooden signal poles (NE, NW and SW corners) and an auxiliary wooden post with metal conduit (SE corner).
Work zone is posted at 25 MPH – please drive carefully with phones down.
Visit www.belmontbridge.org for Belmont Bridge Project Information.
UCI Program Manager
City of Charlottesville