State OKs parking garage
By Louise Dudley
can proceed with the proposed Ivy Road parking garage, the states
secretary of administration
announced Sept. 4.
actions allow construction to proceed at the universitys
discretion, but under condition that the university pay for all
traffic and safety improvements directly related to the garage,
Sandra D. Bowen wrote to U.Va. President
John T. Casteen III. She noted that the nature and cost of those
improvements will not be clear until a new traffic study being
commissioned by the University and the City of Charlottesville
city is advertising for traffic engineering firms interested in
conducting the study, to be paid for by the University. The study
is expected to be complete by Nov. 30.
University already has committed to pay more than $5 million for
several improvements related to traffic in the area, including
a new connection between Massie Road and the U.S. 29/250 bypass,
the expansion of one lane west from the garages Ivy Road
entrance, and synchronizing six traffic signals on Ivy Road and
W. Sandridge, U.Va. executive
vice president and chief operating officer, further agreed,
in an Aug. 29 memo to Bowen, to cover the reasonable costs
associated with implementing any traffic mitigation measures recommended
by the new study related to traffic flow generated by the garage,
and the vehicular movements into and out of the garage.
second condition of Bowens approval is that the Virginia
Department of Transportation have a continuing role in the process.
She said that VDOT must approve the scope of the new traffic study
and must review the completed study to be sure it has been properly
addition, I strongly recommend that the university and the
City of Charlottesville include VDOT in the steering committee
that will oversee this project, Bowen wrote to Casteen.
The University has agreed with her recommendation.
Universitys contractor has already begin preliminary work
to prepare the site for construction, said Colette Sheehy, vice
president for management and budget.
that we have learned we can proceed, we hope to move forward as
promptly as possible, she said. Our goal has always
been to have this garage available next fall, so the students
and employees who now have permits on the north side of Massie
Road will have an off-street place to park when those spaces are