Hillsdale Drive Extension
The Hillsdale Drive Extension is a planned roadway to provide a parallel road to US 29 to give drivers another choice to travel north-south from Albemarle County's urban section to the City of Charlottesville. The project is proposed to cost over $30 million and is being overseen by the City of Charlottesville's Neighborhood Development Services Department. It will connect a section of Greenbrier Road to Hydraulic Road. The southern terminus of the road is being designed as part of the proposed Whole Foods project on Hydraulic Road.
The stated purpose of the project is to Relieve congestion on Route 29 and the Route 29 / Hydraulic Road intersection.
The Charlottesville City Council passed a resolution on March 7, 2007 approving Alignment "C", and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors followed with a similar resolution on April 6, 2005. The project was then approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. These approvals came after a corridor location study which evaluated four possibilities. A location public hearing was held at the Senior Center on November 4, 2004. A design public hearing has yet to be scheduled.
However, the future of the road's alignment is in question due to the recent announcement by Regal Cinemas that they plan to upgrade and expand the Seminole 4 movie theater.
The engineering firm of McCormick Taylor, Inc, has been hired by the City to lead the project. They are in charge of design, environmental assessments, right-of-way negotiations, and construction management.
Update as of November 18, 2007: The Steering Committee has held its fourth meeting and negotiations are ongoing as to how the road will "thread the needle" between the U.S. Post Office and the Pepsi bottling plant. . According to the MPO, design is underway. Estimated project completion date is set for 2010, pending sufficient funding. A utility field inspection is scheduled.
Sufficient state and federal funding is not expected for the Hillsdale Drive project until 2015 at the earliest.
Regal Entertainment Group announced plans in May 2009 to build a major upgrade to its Regal Cinema 4 theater behind the K-Mart shopping center. Plans include expansion into the parking lot to add five additional screens, new stadium seating & digital projection equipment. However, the existing theater had been expected to be demolished, at least in part, to make way for the $30.5 million Hillsdale Drive Extension project connecting Hydraulic Road through the Seminole Square shopping Center to Hillsdale Drive.
Next Public Meeting
A design public hearing is planned for fall of 2009.
Hillsdale Drive Safety Improvements
Albemarle County is administering a separate project to add pedestrian crossings to sections of existing Hillsdale Drive in the County. The first phase of that project is expected to be completed in 2009, but has been delayed multiple times. These improvements were called for by the Senior Center and its members.
- 'Commission wants “holistic approach” to new Whole Foods store', Charlottesville Tomorrow
- 'Regal Cinema to be upgraded in path of proposed Hillsdale Drive extension', Charlottesville Tomorrow
- Wheeler, Brian A. "Regal Cinema to be upgraded in path of proposed Hillsdale Drive extension." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 1 May 2009. 7 May 2009 <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2009/05/regal_hillsdale.html>.
- Senior Center website