McIntire Road Extended
|McIntire Road Extended|
|Cost||$13,500,000 - Fully funded|
|Location||City Council Chambers|
This is the section of the Meadowcreek Parkway project from the 250 Bypass to Melbourne Road, and is the City of Charlottesville's portion of the project. Construction began in August 2011.
|VDOT Dashboard||VDOT Dashboard Entry|
McIntire Road Extended was the name given to the City of Charlottesville's portion of the Meadowcreek Parkway during planning and construction. It is now known as the John Warner Parkway. It opened to traffic in January 2015.[dead link]
During the design phase, the project's stated purpose was to:
- Improve traffic flow between Rio Road (Route 631) and Route 250
- Provide more direct access to and from the Charlottesville downtown area
City's portion and requirements
The Meadowcreek Parkway project was split to allow both county and city jurisdictions to accrue separate pools of money for the road.
One of the conditions of City Council was that the road cannot be built without a grade-separated interchange at its intersection with Route 250. That project completed the design process, and it was thought construction would begin in the summer of 2011.
Construction of the road was completed in August 2013. However, the road did not open until 2015, when the Meadowcreek Parkway Interchange was completed. Clearing for the road began in August 2011.
VDOT advertised the project for construction bids on December 8, 2009, and the lowest bid of $3.37 million was submitted by Key Construction Co. Inc., based in Clarksville.  The Commonwealth Transportation Board did not award a contract until April 2011 because of the length of time it took to complete the Section 106 process. 
After several parties signed a memorandum of agreement, the CTB awarded the contract. However, they could not begin construction until after the Corps issued a permit. 
Memorandum of Agreement
The Army Corps of Engineers was the lead agency that oversaw the creation of a memorandum of agreement that outlines how impacts to the park and other historic resources will be mitigated. The MOA requires an integrated landscape plan and mandates a maximum speed limit of 35 mph on the road. It also requires that VDOT provide photographic documentation and written history of McIntire Park and the McIntire Golf Course for purposes of historic posterity. VDOT also must create an exhibit to commemorate the park and the golf course.
Signatories to the MOA are the Norfolk District of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the City of Charlottesville. Concurring parties are the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Albemarle County, the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial Committee, the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club, Preservation Piedmont, Sensible Alternatives to the Meadowcreek Parkway, the Thomas Jefferson Branch of Preservation Virginia, and Richard Collins. [dead link]
However, VDOT asked the Corps to drop the permit in July 2011, one day before Judge Norman K. Moon was scheduled to hear a lawsuit filed by the Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park that claimed the Corps permit was granted illegally. VDOT has altered its plans to use a bridge to cross a unnamed tributary of Schenks' Branch rather than a box culvert.  This eliminated the need for the corps permit.
- October 1, 2007 – City Council grants construction easement to VDOT 
- July 16, 2009 – Army Corps of Engineers ceases its evaluation of the project on grounds that the road had no southern terminus.[dead link]
- December 8, 2009 – VDOT advertises project for construction bids 
- November 15, 2010 – Council votes 3-2 to allow city manager to sign memorandum of agreement for mitigation of damage to historical resources[dead link]
- April 20, 2011 – CTB awards contract to Key Construction of Clarksville 
- April 22, 2011 – Signatory parties sign a memorandum of agreement for mitigation of cultural resources, ending Section 106 process. 
- July 8, 2011 – Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park files request for preliminary injunction to stop road construction. [dead link]
- July 19, 2011 – VDOT asks to be released from permit and will develop plan to avoid Corps scrutiny
- July 21, 2011 – Judge Norman Moon scheduled to hold hearing to determine whether to grant injunction, but hearing canceled
- September 6, 2011 – Council received update on project. [dead link]
See Meadowcreek Parkway for a full planning history.
- Web. [http://www.tjpdc.org//agendas_and_minutes/mpoPoli/age_mpoPoli_15_03_25.asp Charlottesville- Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Area Transportation Projects Project Status Matrix], Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, retrieved March 25, 2015.
- Web. As interchange work progresses, city’s portion of Meadow Creek Parkway is completed, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, 4 Aug 2013, retrieved 5 Aug 2013.
- Web. City Portion of Parkway Officially Under Construction, Chris Stover, Charlottesville Newsplex (Via Internet Archive Wayback Machine, August 19, 2011, retrieved October 1, 2021.
- Print: City parkway bids come in low, Rachana Dixit, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises February 20, 2010, Page .
- Web. City’s portion of Meadowcreek Parkway advertised for bid, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 10, 2009, retrieved October 1, 2021.
- Web. City’s portion of Meadow Creek Parkway set for construction this summer, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 28, 2011, retrieved October 1, 2021.
- Web. 3rd Draft of the Memorandum of Agreeement, March 4, 2011, retrieved April 12, 2011.
- Web. [ Memorandum of Agreement among the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the City of Charlottesville Relative to the Mcintire Road Extended Project in the City of Charlottesville, Virginia], http://www.cvillepedia.org/mediawiki/images/Va.coe.mcintire_road_extended.moa.april_2011.pdf, retrieved October 1, 2021.
- Web. VDOT moving forward with Meadow Creek Parkway construction, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, retrieved September 28, 2011.
- Web. Council grants conditional easement to VDOT for Meadowcreek Parkway construction, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 2, 2007, retrieved October 1, 2012.
- Letter to VDOT, Army Corps of Engineers, via NBC29, July 16 2009.
- Web. City’s portion of Meadowcreek Parkway advertised for bid, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 10, 2009, retrieved October 1, 2021.
- Web. Council paves way for city's portion of parkway, Rachana Dixit, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 15, 2010, retrieved November 16, 2010.
- Web. Coalition files restraining order on McIntire project, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, July 8, 2011, retrieved July 12, 2011.