March 30, 2006
Tonight Crozet residents got the chance to see future plans for one of the busiest roadways in their area. Jarmans Gap Road used to be a small country road. Now, with new development, the road is heavily traveled and residents are looking for some changes.
"Dangerous, very dangerous. I would never let any of my children on that road," said resident Tom Loach.
Over 2,500 cars a day travel down Jarmans Gap Road. With new development, VDOT anticipates that will more than double by 2020, thus changes need to be made.
"They need to improve some of the infrastructure to carry traffic, carry pedestrians, accommodate the new homes that are going in down there," said VDOT Project Manager Brian Arnold.
VDOT plans to widen the road by installing sidewalks and bike lanes between Crozet Avenue and Jarmans Lane. The rest of the 1.5 mile stretch of road will gain five foot shoulders on each side.
"We just want to make it a little bit safer. We do not want a high speed thoroughfare through here," Arnold said.
Some worry that improving the road will do just that.
"We're concerned that as the road improves people are going to drive faster and it is going to be even more dangerous," said resident Robert Miller.
"The sidewalks are a big issue with everyone out here for all the children and pedestrians," said resident Meg West.
West is one resident in the area who is happy to see improvements to the road. However, she and others say the County is way behind.
"It's always been a problem that infrastructure follows but now it seems to be lagging further and further behind in development," Loach said.
VDOT will now compile the comments from tonight's meeting and make some minor changes. The project will then be sent to the state for final approval. It is planned to go to bid in the Spring of 2009 and is scheduled to break ground some time in 2010.
The road improvements are expected to cost $13.3 million.