Water Street

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Water Street is a short road in downtown Charlottesville, forming the southern border of the Downtown Mall.

In the west, the road begins at the intersection of West Main Street, Ridge Street, Ridge-McIntire Road, and South Street. It travels west and ends at the southern terminus of 10th Street NE.


An extension of approximately a third of a mile is expected to open by the end of 2014. The road was paid for by a partnership that developed the City Walk apartment complex. The City of Charlottesville contributed $365,000 to pay for street trees, bike lanes, and sidewalks. [1]

Non-motorized use

In the spring of 2011, the street will receive shared lane markings, or "sharrows" indicating bicycles are are using a shared lane with motor vehicles. The marking is being done in lieu of adding bike lanes, which would require on-street parking to be removed on at least one side of the street. [2]

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  1. Web. Water Street Extended to open by year’s end, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 28, 2014, retrieved September 29, 2014.
  2. Web. Charlottesville Plans to Install Sharrows This Spring, NBC 29 News, March 23, 2011, retrieved March 28, 2011.