U.S. 29 North - Albemarle County & Charlottesville

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U.S. 29 North
Entering the Charlottesville area, U.S. 29 drivers are advised to follow U.S. 29 north to U.S. 250 Business (Ivy Road) to reach the University of Virginia Information Center. The campus reisdes south of U.S. 250 Business (Ivy Street) and west of U.S. 29 Business (Emmet Street) within the city. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A three-quarter cloverleaf interchange joins U.S. 29 (Monacan Trail Road) with Interstate 64 (Exit 118) on the outskirts of Charlottesville. Photo taken 05/30/05.
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Interstate 64 straddles southern reaches of Charlottesville en route to Richmond. Photos taken 05/30/05.
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A left side ramp connects U.S. 29 (Monacan Trail Road) north with Interstate 64 west to Waynesboro and Interstate 81 at Staunton. Photos taken 05/30/05.
After passing by the Interstate 64 interchange along northbound U.S. 29, the highway becomes a limited access freeway, bypassing the independent city of Charlottesville to the west. U.S. 29 Business begins at the forthcoming diamond interchange near Buckingham Circle. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Through travelers to Culpeper and Washington, DC are directed to remain along U.S. 29 north. U.S. 29 Business follows Fontaine Avenue east to Jefferson Park Avenue, the University of Virginia and Scott Stadium. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business begins and departs U.S. 29 north. SSR 702 west (Fontaine Avenue Extension) stems west to Buckingham Circle. Note the lack of Interstate-standard signage on this freeway facility. Photo taken 05/30/05.
After the business loop splits from mainline U.S. 29, this mileage sign provides the distance to the cities of Culpeper (48 miles), Richmond (74 miles), and Washington (118 miles). The next interchange is with U.S. 250/Ivy Street. Photo taken 05/30/05.
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U.S. 250, which passes through Charlottesville en route to Richmond to the east and Staunton to the west, intersects U.S. 29 at the next interchange. Like U.S. 29, U.S. 250 also separates into bypass and business routes, with eastbound U.S. 250 merging onto the U.S. 29 bypass, while a business route follows the original alignment along Ivy Street toward the university and downtown. Photos taken 05/30/05.
Northbound U.S. 29 reaches the exit ramp for U.S. 250 west to Skyline Drive, Waynesboro, Staunton, and West Virginia. The ramp also connects to Business U.S. 250 east into Charlottesville. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 North U.S. 250 East
Mileage sign posted for both U.S. 29 north and 250 east. U.S. 250 connects Charlottesville with Shadwell east of the city. U.S. 29 continues 47 miles north to Culpeper (U.S. 15 and 522). Photo taken 05/30/05.
Construction visible in this 2005 image represented the beginnings of a project to add an off-ramp to Leonard Sandridge Road south to the University of Virginia. The road opened in January 2006 as the North Grounds Connector, but was renamed for the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the University on September 30, 2006.1 It connects with Massie Road. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Northbound U.S. 29 and eastbound U.S. 250 reach the exit for SSR 654/Barracks Road. Use SSR 654 north to reach SSR 656/Georgetown Road and SSR 676/Garth Road west to White Hall. Use SSR 654/Barracks Road south to reach Business U.S. 29/Emmet Street southbound into downtown. Photo taken 06/02/04.
The next exit along U.S. 29 north and U.S. 250 east is Business U.S. 29 south/Emmet Street. After that exit, the two routes prepare to separate at the next ramp. Through traffic on U.S. 29 north must exit from the freeway onto a cloverleaf loop ramp, while the main lanes continue east as U.S. 250. Photo taken 06/02/04.
This reassurance shield advises U.S. 29 through traffic to prepare to turn right to continue north. U.S. 250 downgrades to an expressway as it continues east through the city toward interchanges with Dairy Road and Rugby Avenue. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Eastbound U.S. 250 continues straight ahead, while U.S. 29 north exits onto this cloverleaf ramp onto northbound Emmet Street. Note the use of the control city of Washington; other destination cities such as Madison, Culpeper, and Warrenton are used on mileage signs further north of here. Photo taken 06/02/04.
U.S. 29 North
North of the U.S. 250 expressway, U.S. 29 enters a long commercial strip that features a wide variety of stores, restaurants, gas stations, fast food, big box stores/outlets, and other services. With over 15 traffic signals between the expressway and the northern urban limits, U.S. 29 advances with no fewer than four lanes in each direction, and additional lanes for turning traffic. The lights are somewhat synchronized to allow for smoother traffic flow.
Pictured here is the signal at SSR 743 (Hydraulic Road), an arterial leading northward from Brandywine Drive near U.S. 250 to SSR 631 (West Rio Road). Photo taken 05/30/05.
Northbound reassurance shield posted along U.S. 29 near the intersection with Seminole Court. Seminole Court serves Seminole Square Shopping Center to the east. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Greenbrier Drive doubles as SSR 866 east to Hillsdale Drive and the Wakefield community. Westward the arterial serves Berkeley with connections to SSR 743 (Hydraulic Road). Photo taken 05/30/05.
SSR 631 (Rio Road) crosses paths with U.S. 29 (Seminole Trail) adjacent to Charlottesville Fashion Square Mall and other retail. Rio Road arcs west to SSR 743 and Berkeley and southeast to Rio and the Park Street interchange with U.S. 250. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Another traffic light located along U.S. 29 (Seminole Trail) at the entrance to Albemarle Square. Photo taken 06/02/04.
A pair of U.S. 29 shields posted along Seminole Trail north ahead of Gardens Boulevard. Gardens Boulevard provides additional retail access points from the eight-lane arterial. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Woodbrook Road connects U.S. 29 (Seminole Trail) with the Woodbrook community to the east and additional big box retail to the west. Photo taken 06/02/04.
U.S. 29 (Seminole Trail) sheds two northbound lanes by the time it reaches SSR 643 (Polo Grounds Road) across the South Forth Rivanna River. The sprawl however, is not yet over, as stretch leading north to Hollymead conceals more development to the north. Photo taken 06/02/04.
Hollymead Drive loops east from U.S. 29 (Seminole Trail) to the Hollymead suburban community. The span-wired based traffic lights here were replaced with conventional mast-arm assemblies. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Towncenter Drive, shown here incomplete, provides one of several entrances to the sprawling Hollymead Town Center retail complex along U.S. 29 (Seminole Trail). The arterial is now six-lanes wide here as well. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Timberland Boulevard provides another access point to Hollymead Town Center from U.S. 29 at the next traffic light. Photo taken 05/30/05.
SSR 649 (Airport Road west / Proffit Road east) represents the current northward extent of the Charlottesville suburban area. SSR 649 ventures west to Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport and SSR 606 (Dickerson Road) to Rivanna and Earlysville (via SSR 743). Photo taken 05/30/05.
A long straight away carries U.S. 29 drivers across the North Fork Rivanna River toward Piney Mountain. The distant traffic light is with Boulders Road east. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Shortly thereafter, U.S. 29 departs Albemarle County and enters Greene County. Photo taken 06/02/04.


 
Sources:
  1. "New Signs Announce Naming of Leonard Sandridge Road." UVA News Release, December 17, 2006.


Photo Credits:

06/02/04, 05/30/05 by AARoads

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Interstate 64
U.S. 250

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