Remarks from the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the opening of Berkmar Road, one of the Route 29 Solutions transportation projects.

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Good morning! On behalf of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, I welcome you to celebrate completion of the most impactful group of transportation projects this community has seen for a generation.

The Route 29 Solutions projects are an investment in our long desired parallel road network, providing transportation options for local traffic in this critical state transportation corridor and a growing local commercial area.

These projects are particularly valuable for their focus on multimodal improvements including bike lanes, sidewalks and shared use paths that provide a quality urban environment while paving the way (no pun intended!) for our priority of redevelopment and revitalization of the Rio/Route 29 area. Our own Albemarle County strategic place-making efforts.

Success of the Route 29 Solutions, particularly the grade separated intersection at Route 29 & Rio Road, would not have been possible without the exception performance of VDOT and its contractors.

Communication was front and center as VDOT went to extensive lengths to keep all stakeholders and the general public aware of and engaged in the projects. The perspective of impacted businesses was considered and roadway design altered to reflect businesses preferences.

During construction VDOT partnered with AC and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission on a public information campaign to keep drivers very aware of changing traffic patterns.

The Route 29 Solutions projects were overseen by the strong and visionary leadership of Phillip Shucet and the Project Delivery Advisory Panel who weighed in at every step to provide recommendations on many issues that arose during project development and delivery. We appreciate their dedication and attention to every detail.

In closing, thanks to Philip, the advisory panel members, TJPDC and the entire VDOT team for the courage, competence and determination that resulted in completion of these amazing transportation projects.

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