U.S. Route 29

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United States Route 29 is a significant roadway through Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Plans to build a Western Bypass were debated for many years before the project was derailed by the location of the final resting place of Jesse Sammons. Funding set aside for that project was transferred to a series of projects known as the Route 29 Solutions.

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North of Charlottesville, U.S. 29 is signed Seminole Trail.

Recent projects


These projects were recommended by Philip Shucet in the spring of 2014 following the demise of the Western Bypass. Their implementation was overseen by the Route 29 Project Delivery Advisory Panel. [1]


The alignment of U.S. 29 follows an old stagecoach route between Charlottesville and Lynchburg. [2]

Citizens urged completion of a state highway south of Charlottesville at a meeting of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors in January 1925. [3]

The State Highway Commissioner told City Manager Seth Burnley in October 1933 that bids would still be sought for an uncompleted section approaching Charlottesville from the south. At the time, Route 29 had been completed north through Madison County to Culpeper. Obstacles included the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway near Lambeth Field. [4]

Opposition to grade separation

"Albemarle County and Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission staff are working with consultants to produce more definitive cost estimates for the five grade separated interchanges proposed along the US 29 North Corridor.

The issue of grade separation has been much debated with deep reservations expressed by the business community regarding the planned transportation network. Specifically, many voiced opposition to grade separated interchanges, noting that they are costly, disruptive to construct, and could have the affect of disconnecting traffic from vital community enterprises along this commercial corridor." Free Enterprise Forum February Forum Watch[citation needed]

Potential renaming

In October 2006, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors considered a request from the University of Virginia Athletics Department to rename the road from Seminole Trail to Cavalier Way, after the Virginia mascot. The renaming of the road became a front page story in The Daily Progress and the subject of an editorial in the paper. The matter was quickly dropped by the Board of Supervisors and no action was taken.[5]

2016 crashes concern

Three vehicles ran off the road within a mile of the intersection of U.S. 29 and Red Hill Road in southern Albemarle.[when?] [6]

Access management

The Places29 Master Plan called for limitations on future intersections between side roads and U.S. 29.

In January 2020, the intersection with Rio Mills Road and Polo Grounds Road was altered to prevent north-bound left-hand turns from U.S. 29 to Rio Mills Road, among other changes. [7]


  1. Web. VDOT sets aggressive deadlines for Route 29 projects, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, July 25, 2014, retrieved July 27, 2014.
  2. Web. National Register of Historic Places, Jennifer Hallock and Gardiner Hallock on behalf of the Piedmont Environmental Council, Application, Albemarle County, March 2, 2005, retrieved July 17, 2018.
  3. Web. Completion of State Highway , South of the City, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, printdate=January 22, 1925, retrieved May 16, 2016 from University of Virginia Library.
  4. Web. Bids Will Be Requested on Route 29 into City, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, October 21, 1933, retrieved October 21, 1933. Print. October 21, 1933 page 3.
  5. "Seminole Trail becomes Cavalier Way?" Wheeler, Brian A. Weblog post. Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. N.p., 4 Oct. 2006. Web. 29 June 2009. .
  6. Web. Head-scratching over rash of crashes on U.S. 29 in southern Albemarle, Bryan McKenzie, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 9, 2016, retrieved December 27, 2016.
  7. Web. Rio Mills Road intersection changing, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 4, 2020, retrieved January 5, 2020. Print. January 3, 2020 page A2.


RFQ for Route 29 design-build contract

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