FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2023
Belmont Bridge Traffic Alert - Week of May 22-26, 2023 - Work Zone extending north of East Market Street in the far right lane of Northbound 9th/Avon Street. Construction Vehicles entering/existing work zone south of bridge. Old Avon closed between Garrett Street and East South Street. Flagging on Old Avon, East South Street, Graves Street, Monticello Road and Water Street. Water Street is one-way westbound between 10th Street NE and 4th Street SE. Sidewalk Closure on 9th/Avon Street, Pavilion Ramp, Garrett Street, Old Avon Street and Water Street. Crosswalk closures at 9th/Avon/Garrett/Levy/Old Avon intersection, 9th/Avon/East Market intersection and along Water Street. UPCOMING – Girders being erected over Water Street the following week with impacts to Water Street for both pedestrians and vehicles (3 short durations as each girder is lifted into place).
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The work zone will be extending north of East Market Street in the far right lane of Northbound 9th/Avon Street. Barrels will be placed in the right NB lane to construct the new signal pole foundation and then to protect the foundation until the curb extensions and sidewalks are constructed. The southern entrance to 901-905 East Market Street may be impacted while the foundation is actively being worked on for up to one work day.
Construction vehicles will be entering/exiting the work zone on 9th/Avon Street south of the bridge and railroad tracks. The prefabricated units for the southern pedestrian underpass has been placed and construction will continue on the retaining wall leading to/from the underpass. Please watch for flagging on 9th/Avon Street as these vehicles enter/exit the travel lanes.
Old Avon is closed between Garrett Street and East South Street to continue utility work and construction of a retaining wall for the new pedestrian plaza.
Old Avon, East South Street, Graves Street and Monticello Road (between Old Avon and Graves Street) will be flagged as utility relocation continues, pedestrian lighting is installed and retaining wall construction begins.
Vehicular traffic at the bridge on Water Street will be flagged with both pedestrian and vehicular travel being intermittently stopped for vehicles entering/exit the work area. Water Street has been reduced to one lane in the westbound direction between 10th Street NE and 4th Street SE. Detour signs direct eastbound traffic to 2nd Street SE to Garrett Street to 9th/Avon Street to East Market Street to 10th Street NE to Water Street. On-street parking spaces are available on both sides of Water Street while Water Street is one-wayed (please park with vehicle pointed in the same, westbound direction).
UPCOMING - Girders will be erected over Water Street next week with both pedestrian and vehicular impacts for 3 short durations as each girder is lifted into place. All travel will be stopped on Water Street for up to 3 – 15 minute intervals. More details will be included in next week’s traffic alert. This will be the last of the girders to be erected for the bridge on 9th/Avon so deck construction can begin.
The sidewalk detour on Water Street will change as needed to allow work on either side of the street. The northern sidewalk on Water Street will remain closed between the pedestrian underpass and the bridge. Pedestrians will be directed to the southern sidewalk (east of the bridge) and either need to use the mid-block crosswalk or the western crosswalk at the Transit Center to the northern sidewalk to destinations to the west. The eastern crosswalk at the Transit Center will be closed. The pedestrian underpass to the Pavilion/Downtown Mall is open and remains available as an alternative route for pedestrians.
To accommodate construction, segments of sidewalk and crosswalks will also be closed as work progresses. No street will have both sides of the sidewalk closed at the same time. The western sidewalk is closed along 9th/Avon between East Market Street and Levy Avenue/Garrett Street. The pedestrian ramp south of the Pavilion leading to 9th/Avon Street is closed so pedestrians should use 7th Street NE or another adjacent side street to reach East Market Street and 9th/Avon Street. The northern sidewalk along Garrett Street will be closed between the entrance to 310 Avon Street and Old Avon Street with pedestrians directed to the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street. During the signal foundation construction, one corner of an intersection will be closed at a time with pedestrians directed to the crosswalks across the other legs of the intersection. The NW, SW and SE corners will be closed one at a time at the Levy Avenue/Garrett Street intersection while the NE, SE, and SW corners will be closed one at a time at the East Market intersection. The southern sidewalk along Old Avon Street is closed between Monticello Road and where it terminates near East South Street.
ADA Deficiencies: Some of the existing ramps used as alternate routes do not have truncated domes. Cross slopes on some sidewalks may exceed 2%. In the instance that pedestrians are attempting to head east/west along Market Street and the southeast ramp is closed, the detour will be along existing sidewalks along 10th Street and E. Jefferson. 10th Street sidewalk does have a slope greater than 8%.
Temporary solar powered lights have been installed along the eastern sidewalk of 9th/Avon Street between Graves Street and East Market Street. An alternate pedestrian route to either Water Street or East Market Street is available via Garrett Street to 4th Street SE.
Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project area and access to private parcels will be accommodated.
Construction is being conducted by Caton Construction Group, Inc. for the City of Charlottesville’s Department of Public Works. The pedestrian pushbuttons at the 9th/Avon/Levy/Garrett intersection have been relocated to the large, wooden signal poles (NE, NW and SW corners) and an auxiliary wooden post with metal conduit (SE corner).
Work zone is posted at 25 MPH – please drive carefully with phones down.
UCI Program Manager
City of Charlottesville