The existing pedestrian tunnel to/from the Downtown Mall via the Ting Pavilion on Water Street will be closed until the end of October.
The detour route will follow the south sidewalk of Water Street to the existing crosswalk at the downtown transit station. A ramp and stairway are located west of the Downtown Transit Station which connects to the Downtown Mall. The existing pedestrian tunnel is being extended eastward and an underground storm water retention system is being reconstructed on Water Street.
Vehicular traffic on the Water Street Bridge will be flagged intermittently, with pedestrian and vehicular movement stopped intermittently for intervals of up to 15 minutes as construction vehicles enter and exit the work area. The north sidewalk east of the bridge on Water Street is also closed and pedestrians are directed to the south sidewalk at existing crosswalks.
Vehicular traffic will be flagged during the day on Old Avon, East South Street and Graves Street (between 9th/Avon Street and Monticello Road) to install new storm drain pipes and curbs as well as to allow for the construction of a bridge. East South Street will be closed to through traffic and will be one-way westbound to allow access to/from local businesses. The temporary car park entrance has been moved from its location on East South Street in Old Avon while South Street is rebuilt.
Monticello Road will be closed to through traffic between Graves Street and Old Avon Street to construct the permanent retaining wall and for the crane used to build the bridge. Vehicular traffic reporting may occur in this same section of Monticello Road.
To allow for utility work, segments of sidewalks and crosswalks will also be closed as work progresses. No street will have both sides of the sidewalk closed at the same time. The east sidewalk along 9th/Avon Street will be closed between Levy Avenue and Graves Street, with pedestrians directed to the west sidewalk along 9th/Avon Street. The west crosswalk across Graves Street will be closed and pedestrians will be directed to other open crosswalks at the mid-block crossing in Graves and at the signalized 9th/Avon/Levy/Garrett intersection.
The south sidewalk along Old Avon Street is closed between Monticello Road and where it ends near East South Street.
Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project area and access to private plots will be developed.
Construction is being led by Caton Construction Group, Inc. for the City of Charlottesville Department of Public Works. Pedestrian push buttons at the 9th/Avon/Levy/Garrett intersection have been moved to the large wooden sign posts (NE, NW, and SW corners) and a wooden auxiliary post with metal conduit (SE corner).
Work area is posted at 25 MPH – please drive carefully with phones down.
Visit the Page Traffic Advisories and Sidewalk Closures for related news articles.
Visit www.belmontbridge.org for information on the Belmont Bridge project.