Sunset-Fontaine Connector

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Fontaine/Sunset Connector


Project Overview

Road interconnection between Fontaine Ave and Sunset Avenue/Old Lynchburg Road area in County. Expected alignment traverses the Granger Property and the UVA Fontaine Research Park. Cost includes bridge over railroad tracks.
Cost $12,800,000 (estimate)
Location Albemarle
Sponsor none as of September 2018

Status Update

Part of Area B Study - The County, City and the University of Virginia continue to discuss the road, and most recently[when?] it was a topic of a PACC meeting.

Contact David Benish, Chief of Planning, Albemarle County

The Fontaine/Sunset Connector is a proposed road to connect Fontaine Avenue in Charlottesville with Sunset Avenue/Old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County. It is not under any serious consideration as of September 2018.

Project details

The project was one of the recommendations of the Southern Urban Area B Study in September 2004. While the road is still in the conceptual stage, the expected alignment traverses the Granger property and the University of Virginia's Fontaine Research Park. The $12,800,000 project includes a bridge over railroad tracks.

A subdivision plat submitted to Albemarle County's community development department shows that Stribling Holdings LLC will build the portion of the connector on its property. A September 2010 rezoning for the Fontaine Research Park established that the University of Virginia Foundation will set aside land for a portion of the connector road. [1]


This project was called for in the Southern Urban Area B Study. Planning is currently[when?] in the conceptual stage. The county, city and UVa are negotiating the alignment for this proposed connector. As such, the primary forum for negotiations is the Planning and Coordination Council. The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission is currently studying UVa's preferred alternative of running the road down Stribling Avenue. The study is expected to be ready in time for the November 18, 2010 PACC meeting[2].

The project was at one point priority #8 on the County's Six Year Plan for Secondary Roads for Fiscal Year 2009[3]. However, the project is also listed on the MPO's Transportation Improvement Program as an illustrative transportation project, which means it is not likely to begin receiving funding for some time[4].

At a December 18, 2012 Albemarle Planning Commission meeting, county staff said that the Sunset-Fontaine Connector wouldn't be completely built in the near future, but recommended the Commission continue securing the right of way and establish a bike/ped thoroughfare. This recommendation is the result of the 2009-10 TJDPC traffic study, which showed that the Sunset-Fontaine Connector would not be used enough to necessitate building it[5].

Project history



  1. Web. Granger property to be developed by-right; connector road part of plans, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 15, 2011, retrieved July 5, 2011.
  2. Fitzgerald, Brendan. "C-Ville: UVA - Sunset/Fontaine Connector Gets New Study." C-VILLE Charlottesville's News & Arts Weekly | Charlottesville VA News Music Culture Dining. 31 Aug. 2010. Web. 31 Aug. 2010. <>.
  3. County's Strategic Priorites for Albemarle County Priority List for Secondary Road Improvements
  4. FY09-12 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM. Rep. Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization. Web. 13 Oct. 2009. <>
  5. Web. Traffic model challenges benefits of Sunset-Fontaine Connector, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 19, 2012, retrieved December 20, 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Tubbs, Sean J. "County, City planners seeking updated plans for Fontaine-Sunset Connector; Sandridge says UVA will not contribute to road needs outside research park." Weblog post. Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 17 July 2009. Web. 27 July 2009. <>.
  7. Web. City council candidates debate Fontaine-Sunset Connector, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 19, 2011, retrieved October 14, 2011.
  8. Web. Traffic model challenges benefits of Sunset-Fontaine Connector, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 19, 2012, retrieved December 20, 2012.