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May 19, 2016: NEW TRAFFIC PATTERNS BEGIN SUNDAY EVENING AT RT. 29-RIO RD. PROJECT

Major construction of grade-separated intersection begins; detours will be posted 

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Construction on the Rio Road grade-separated intersection will shift into high gear at 8 p.m. Sunday and motorists will see major traffic pattern changes that will affect travel through the project during the summer.

On Route 29 north and south of the Rio Road intersection:

  • • Between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. there will be two lanes southbound and three lanes northbound
  • • Right turns onto Rio Road will be permitted at all times
  • • No left turns at the intersection at any time
  • • Between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. there will be at least one lane open both northbound and southbound
  • • All business entrances will remain open during business hours

On Rio Road east and west of Route 29:

  • • Traffic on Rio Road will not be able to cross Route 29
  • • Right turns onto Route 29 will be permitted at all times
  • • No left turns at the intersection at any time
  • • All business entrances will remain open during business hours

Posted detour routes during the construction will be Berkmar Drive to Woodbrook Drive or Hilton Heights Drive, and Hillsdale Drive to Branchlands Drive. Information about the project and resources to help navigate through the work zone during construction can be found on the Route 29 Solutions web site, www.Route29Solutions.org. Real time traffic information, including access to the traffic cameras in the Charlottesville region, is on the home page. Also available on the web site:

The Get Around Maps are also available at businesses in the project area.

Motorists traveling on Route 29 and Rio Road will see message boards and directional signs advising of the new traffic patterns and detour routes. The speed limit on Route 29 within the project remains 35 miles per hour at all times.

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. Information about upcoming lane closures and other traffic impacts, as well as news about the projects, is posted on the Route 29 Solutions web site on the News and Traffic Alerts page.