July 3, 2014
Survey, geology, and environmental crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will soon begin working in several areas along Route 29 north of Charlottesville as preliminary engineering work begins on the Route 29 corridor improvement projects.
The projects were approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in its annual update of the Six-Year Improvement Program.
Crews will be establishing survey points at several locations, including:
-Along the proposed alignment for an extension of Hillsdale Drive, between Hydraulic Road and Holiday Drive.
-Along the proposed alignment for an extension of Berkmar Drive, between Hilton Heights Road and Town Center Drive.
-Along Route 29, between Polo Grounds Road and Ashwood Boulevard.
-In the area around the Rio Road intersection.
The survey crews will also locate subsurface utilities within these project areas.
During this work large white markers will be placed on the ground at various locations that will be used as targets during aerial mapping of the project alignments. Officials say it is important for the accuracy of the mapping that the targets not be disturbed.
Drilling crews will be investigating the subsurface geology in those areas during the coming weeks. That work will involve small mobile drilling rigs that are used to bore deep below the surface and extract core samples of the soil. Those cores are analyzed to provide information about the soil conditions that are likely to be found during construction.
Environmental survey crews will survey the project sites to investigate potential environmental effects associated with the project. That work may include wetland delineations, noise monitoring, cultural resource surveys and hazardous waste investigations.
More information about the proposed Route 29 improvement projects can be found at the link on the side of the page.