FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2023
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Week of January 23-27th, 2023 – Old Avon closed between Garrett Street and East South Street. Flagging on Monticello Road, Old Avon, Graves Street and Water Street. Sidewalk Closure on 9th/Avon Street, Old Avon Street and Water Street. Crosswalk closure at Graves/9th/Avon Street and mid-block on Water Street under the bridge.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Old Avon is closed between Garrett Street and East South Street to continue grading, utility and stormwater activities for the new pedestrian plaza.
Monticello Road between Graves Street and Old Avon will be flagged as two retaining walls begin construction. Old Avon will also be flagged to complete utility relocation.
Vehicular traffic will be flagged on Graves Street between 9th/Avon Street and Monticello Road to aid in construction of curbing and sidewalk.
Vehicular traffic at the bridge on Water Street will be flagged with both pedestrian and vehicular travel being intermittently stopped for up to 15 minute intervals for bridge demolition. The pedestrian path along Water Street will change as work progresses. The northern sidewalk on Water Street will remain closed between the pedestrian underpass and the bridge. Pedestrians will be directed to the southern sidewalk and will need to use the mid-block crosswalk to the northern sidewalk under the bridge to destinations to the west. The southern sidewalk would be closed under the bridge on Water Street. After demolition is completed on the pier and that section of the bridge, the northern sidewalk will be closed from the pedestrian underpass to underneath the bridge as well as the mid-block crosswalk under the bridge. Pedestrians will be directed to the southern sidewalk and will need to use the crosswalk to the northern sidewalk at the CAT Transit Station to destinations to the west.
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 will be closed along 9th/Avon between East Market Street and Graves Street. The eastern sidewalk along 9th/Avon Street will be closed between Levy Avenue and Graves Street. Pedestrians will be directed to the sidewalk on the opposing side via the mid-block crossing at Graves Street across 9th/Avon Street. The western crosswalk across Graves Street will be closed. The southern sidewalk along Old Avon Street is closed between Monticello Road and where it terminates near East South Street.
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.
Visit www.belmontbridge.org for Belmont Bridge Project Information.
UCI Program Manager
City of Charlottesville