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Berkmar Drive Extension


This new 2.3-mile long road will parallel Route 29 to the west and will offer an alternative for local traffic traveling north or south between Charlottesville and Albemarle County’s urban ring to the developed Hollymead area, the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport and the county’s park at Chris Greene Lake.

Construction Camera at Berkmar Drive Extension Project

A time-lapse camera is capturing images of the construction of the Berkmar Drive Extension project as construction progresses.

Check out the Berkmar Extension camera to view past and current photos or a time-lapse video of work in progress. 

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What is Proposed?

This project will construct an extension of Route 1403 (Berkmar Drive) north from its current terminus at Route 1438 (Hilton Heights Road) to Route 1719 (Towncenter Drive). 

The 2.3-mile long road is proposed as a two-lane facility, built on a four-lane right of way, to allow for possible future expansion.

The project includes a bridge spanning the South Fork Rivanna River to the west of the Route 29 bridges. 

Bike lanes, sidewalks and a paved multi-use path will be included in the project.

The inclusion of these facilities will be an important addition to Albemarle County’s existing network of similar facilities. 

The bike lanes and multi-use path will provide links with existing facilities that will provide additional transportation options for those using the Route 29 corridor.  

The project is included in the Route 29 Solutions projects and is proposed to advance through construction as part of a design-build contract.

That contract also includes the widening of Route 29 between Route 643 (Polo Grounds Road) and Route 1719 (Towncenter Drive) and construction of a grade-separated intersection at Route 29 and Route 631 (Rio Road).

Design Review Submissions


Information and Resources

Roadway Designs & Concept Plans

Plan and profile    4.7 MB
(from Lane-Corman's Jan. 6, 2015, technical proposal)

South Section concept plan, Dec. 5, 2014  61.2 MB

North Section concept plan, Nov. 5, 2014  63.4 MB

Location Public Hearing Documents http://www.virginiadot.org/images/adobe-acro.gif


Renderings and Drawingshttp://www.virginiadot.org/images/adobe-acro.gif



Location public hearing: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, 5 - 7 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, 990 Hilton Heights Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901

Design public hearing: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, 5 - 7 p.m.
Albemarle High School cafeteria
2775 Hydraulic  Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901 

Design-Build contract award: February 2015

Construction begins: Late 2015

Construction complete: October 2017 


Total cost: $54.5 million

Engineering of roadway plans: $2.4 million

Right of way acquisition and utility relocation: $13.9 million

Construction: $38.2 million

These costs are preliminary estimates and subject to change as the project is finalized.