Meadow Creek Parkway

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The Meadow Creek Parkway is a road designed to connect East Rio Road in Albemarle County to McIntire Road at its intersection with the Route 250 bypass in Charlottesville.

Overview

The project consists of three elements:

Status

The John Warner Parkway was completed on October 13, 2011 [1] [2] and opened to traffic in January 2012.[3]

McIntire Road is under construction as of spring 2012 and is expected to be completed in August 2013.[4]

The interchange to connect the road to the U.S. Route 250 Bypass will not proceed until a lawsuit filed by the Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park against the Federal Highway Administration is resolved. Testimony was heard on April 25[5] and in May 2012 Judge Norman K. Moon dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that the FHWA's efforts were satisfactory.[6]

Trail system

The parkway will also include a 10-foot wide multi-use trail that will serve as a portion of the proposed Northtown Commuter Trail. It is expected the trail will open before the roadway, but an exact date has not been determined. [7]

History

City Council's Twelve conditions in 1999

For much of its history, the Meadowcreek Parkway was envisioned as a four-lane road. That began to change in the summer of 1999. On June 21, 1999, Council held a design public hearing on the Parkway.[8]. Council discussion after the hearing lead to a decision to send a letter to VDOT requesting several changes. The letter was sent on July 20, 1999 and listed 12 items Council wanted addressed before it could support the Parkway[9]

  1. Design speed should be lowered to 37.5 miles per hour, and parkway should follow the contours of the park to reduce its impact to McIntire Park
  2. Number of lanes should be reduced from four to two
  3. Enough right of way should be purchased to allow eventual construction of four lanes
  4. The intersection with Route 250 should contain no more than 17 lanes
  5. Council supported construction of bike lanes, but also called for expansion of accompanying trail from five feet to eight feet
  6. Parkway construction should include at least one storm water management pond
  7. Additional parkland should be acquired to compensate for the loss of land in McIntire Park
  8. VDOT should be barred from constructing cell towers along the right of way
  9. Truck traffic should be prohibited
  10. The Parkway should not be construed as a replacement for an Eastern Connector
  11. City reserved right to hire a technical consultant to supervise its interests as design proceeded
  12. The Dogwood Vietnam Memorial should be protected, preserved and cared for

Timeline

  • June 12 2007: City Planning Commission approved Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange as consistent with the 2001 Comprehensive Plan by a vote of 3-1-1.[10]
  • July 2, 2007: City Council voted 4-1 to approve Alternatives C1 and G1 as the “Recommended Preferred Alternatives” for refining to continue. The interchange alternatives included traffic flow through an oval roundabout in C1, and a signalized diamond in G1. The Council also voted 4-1 that the interchange project is consistent with the 2001 Comprehensive Plan.[11]
  • July 16, 2007: City Council deferred a request to grant VDOT a temporary construction easement. The Council agreed to ask the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors to affirm their commitment to the Meadowcreek Parkway project before starting construction.[12]
  • October 1, 2007: City Council voted to grant a temporary construction easement to VDOT for the construction of the Meadowcreek Parkway. The vote was unanimous, however, with several conditions. The easement would only be granted once VDOT acquires 49.1 acres of parkland to replace the land lost due to construction. The Council would also have to approve a storm water management system and a commitment for grade separation at the interchange.[13]
  • March 19, 2008: The Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange Steering Committee voted 5-1-1 that they preferred an oval roundabout (Alternative C1) to connect the Route 250 Bypass and the future Meadowcreek Parkway.[14]
  • April 21, 2008: City Council deferred a decision on the alternative design for the Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange.[15]
  • May 1, 2008: The Charlottesville City School Board voted 4-1 to donate a 9 acre easement near Charlottesville High School for the construction of the Meadowcreek Parkway.[16]
  • June 2, 2008: City Council voted 3-2 to grant the easement donated by the City School Board to VDOT for construction near Charlottesville High School.[17]
  • June 4, 2008: City Council selected the Alternate G1 for the design of the interchange, a signalized diamond intersection.[18]
  • January 7, 2009: Albemarle County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to name its portion of the Meadowcreek Parkway after former Senator John Warner.[19]
  • March 16, 2009: City Council voted 3-2 to appropriate over $10 million in transportation funds to VDOT for the Meadowcreek Parkway.[20]
  • March 18, 2009: Judge Jay Swett denied an injunction to stop the Meadowcreek Parkway construction, a request made by the Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park.[21]
  • June 26, 2009: Judge Jay Swett ruled a supermajority of votes is not required to grant an easement for the Meadowcreek Parkway. City Council had previously granted nearly 8.6 acres of land the City owns in Albemarle County to VDOT on June 2, 2008.[22]
  • December 8, 2009: VDOT advertises project for construction bids[23].
  • September 29, 2010: Federal Highway Administration issues Finding of No Significant Impact, allowing final design to proceed[24].
  • October 5, 2010: County's portion scheduled to open while East Rio Road intersection is built[25]
  • November 15, 2010: Council votes 3-2 to allow city manager to sign memorandum of agreement for mitigation of damage to historical resources[26]
  • April 2011: The Commonwealth Transportation Board officially awarded a $3.37 million contract to Key Construction of Clarksville to build the road, which will travel through the eastern side of the city’s McIntire Park.[27]
  • July 8, 2011: Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park files request for preliminary injunction to stop construction of McIntire Road Extended. [28]
  • November 2, 2011: Supervisor Ken Boyd to attempt to pass resolution calling for county's portion of road to be opened immediately. [1] Board agrees to defer decision until December 2011. [29]
  • December 7, 2011: Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 to ask VDOT to open the John Warner Parkway. VDOT issues press release soon after stating they will prepare the road for an opening. [30]
  • April 25, 2012: Judge Norman K. Moon hears testimony in Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park lawsuit alleging project was illegally segmented. [5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Boyd pushes for immediate opening of Meadow Creek Parkway, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 1, 2011, retrieved November 1, 2011.
  2. VDOT: County’s portion of Meadowcreek Parkway on schedule, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, 6 Jul 2009.
  3. Web. Albemarle opens John W. Warner Parkway, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, January 6, 2012, retrieved April 16, 2012.
  4. Web. April 2012 Construction Report, Department of Public Works, City of Charlottesville, retrieved April 26, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Web. Judge Moon hears testimony in Meadowcreek interchange case, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 25, 2012, retrieved April 26 2012.
  6. Web. Judge Moon rules against Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park; Parkway Interchange to proceed, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 29, 2012, retrieved August 20, 2012.
  7. Web. Public use of Meadow Creek Parkway’s walking trail delayed, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, July 11, 2011, retrieved July 12, 2011.
  8. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 21 June 1999.
  9. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 19 July 1999.
  10. Tubbs, Sean. "Divided Planning Commission approves Meadowcreek Parkway interchange." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 13 June 2007. 14 July 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2007/06/meadowcreek.html>.
  11. Tubbs, Sean. "Council acts on Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 3 July 2007. 14 July 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2007/07/interchange-pre.html>.
  12. Tubbs, Sean. "City Council asks County to sign agreement before Meadowcreek work begins." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 17 July 2007. 14 July 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2007/07/meadowcreek_upd.html>.
  13. Tubbs, Sean. "Council grants conditional easement to VDOT for Meadowcreek Parkway construction." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 2 Oct. 2007. 14 July 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2007/10/mcp_easement.html>.
  14. Tubbs, Sean. "Oval roundabout preferred by 250 Interchange Steering Committee." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 20 Mar. 2008. 14 July 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2008/03/250_interchange.html>.
  15. Tubbs, Sean. "Council defers decision on Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 22 Apr. 2008. 14 July 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2008/04/mcp_deferred.html>.
  16. Tubbs, Sean. "City School Board votes to grant easement for Meadowcreek Parkway." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 5 May 2008. 14 July 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2008/05/school_mcp.html>.
  17. Doernberg, Ben, and Sean Tubbs. "Council grants easement for Meadowcreek Parkway near CHS." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 4 June 2008. 14 July 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2008/06/council-grants-easement-for-meadowcreek-parkway-near-chs.html>.
  18. Tubbs, Sean. "City Council selects signalized intersection for Meadowcreek Parkway interchange." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 5 June 2008. 14 July 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2008/06/council_interchange.html>.
  19. Tubbs, Sean. "Supervisors pass resolution in support of naming Meadowcreek Parkway after John Warner." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 8 Jan. 2009. 14 July 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2009/01/board_parkway.html>.
  20. Tubbs, Sean. "City Council’s Meadowcreek Parkway opponents vote against appropriation." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 18 Mar. 2009. 14 July 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2009/03/meadowcreek_vote.html>.
  21. Tubbs, Sean. "Judge denies injunction to stop Meadowcreek Parkway construction; case to continue in mid-May." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 19 Mar. 2009. 14 July 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2009/03/judge_denies_injunction.html>.
  22. Tubbs, Sean. "Judge Swett: Supermajority of votes not required for Meadowcreek Parkway easement." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 29 June 2009. 14 July 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2009/06/mcp_ruling.html>.
  23. Tubbs, Sean J. "City’s portion of Meadowcreek Parkway advertised for bid." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 10 Dec. 2009. Web. 11 Dec. 2009. <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2009/12/meadowcreek_pkwy.html>.
  24. Web. Route 250 Bypass Interchange at McIntire Road Press Release, Charlottesville, Virginia, retrieved October 1, 2010.
  25. Web. Part of Meadowcreek Parkway opening temporarily, Rachana Dixit, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, August 22, 2010, retrieved October 4, 2010.
  26. Web. Council paves way for city's portion of parkway, Rachana Dixit, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 15, 2010, retrieved November 16, 2010.
  27. Web. City’s portion of Meadow Creek Parkway set for construction this summer, Sean Tubbs, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, 26 April 2011, retrieved 17 August 2011.
  28. Web. Coalition files restraining order on McIntire project, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, July 8, 2011, retrieved July 12, 2011.
  29. Web. Albemarle holds off on parkway-opening resolution, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 2, 2011, retrieved November 7, 2011.
  30. Web. VDOT BEGINS FINAL PREPARATIONS TO OPEN MEADOW CREEK PARKWA, Lou Hatter, Virginia Department of Transportation, December 7, 2011, retrieved December 8, 2011.

External links

See also

Legal briefs in connection with various lawsuits available on cvillepedia