Project Updates

May 6th, 2022

March 18th, 2022

  • The design concepts for Phase 2 of the Rio Corridor Plan will be a topic of conversation at next week's Places29 Rio Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting. We invite you to join the meeting, listen to the design team present their ideas, and share your feedback during the meeting, or via email with Project Lead David Benish. Phase 2 of the corridor includes the two-lane section from the John W. Warner Parkway to Melbourne Road. 

February 18th, 2022

February 4th, 2022

Project Team Contact

Project Lead
David Benish, Development Process Manager

Video Archive

Below you will find our Rio Corridor Plan YouTube Playlist. It features all of the community meetings and recorded events, including CAC meetings when the project was on the agenda. 


How Did We Select the Rio Corridor?

Rio Road serves multiple functions. It is a high-volume arterial road connecting north Albemarle to downtown and provides access to many surrounding neighborhoods. Rio Road also provides alternative transportation options for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users. We have also heard concerns from community members about the existing conditions and safety of Rio Road.

What Section of Rio Road Will the Plan Focus On?

The Rio Corridor Plan will focus on the portion of Rio Road that runs from Glenwood Station Lane to the John Warner Parkway. Additionally, an analysis of oncoming traffic and improvements needed will be completed for the area between the John Warner Parkway intersection southward to Pen Park Road. 

Most of this section of the road functions as a minor arterial currently carrying up to 29,000 vehicle trips a day. The multiple functions the road serves and its importance to the county and region's transportation network and economy make this section of greater importance than the remainder of Rio Road. Unlike the southern segment of Rio Road east and the portion within the Rio29 Small Area Plan, which have had some level of prior transportation planning, evaluation, and/or project development efforts, this section has not had a similar level of planning and project development.

The study will also inventory recommended improvements for Rio Road from Route 29 to Melbourne Road and identify gaps in transportation facilities along this entire corridor.

Who Will Work on the Plan?

Albemarle County hired Line and Grade to serve as technical transportation design experts for this study. The team at Line and Grade has a wide array of experience in transportation design and transportation planning projects including the Avon Extended Corridor Plan, Colonial Avenue Redevelopment (Roanoke), and the Strasburg Gateway Trail along Route 11. However, this is not solely a technical exercise. The Rio Corridor is an important place for our community that could more effectively promote vibrancy, community connections, recreation, and economic opportunities for all those who use and live along the corridor.

Our Public Engagement Goals

  • Inform participants about the project, and the process, and provide background information to prepare everyone to participate fully.
  • Create space to share and understand different perspectives, knowledge, and experiences.
  • Reduce barriers to participation.
  • Learn who we are, and who we are not, reaching and adjust the approach to respond accordingly.
  • Create an inviting, enjoyable experience and get lots of folks to participate in the process.
DISCOVER (Spring 2021)

This stage is focused on building a shared understanding and knowledge of the current conditions of the Rio Corridor. We’d like to learn more about everyone who uses the corridor and provide you with opportunities to share your expertise, knowledge, and experience. Input provided will be used to guide the focus of discussions and design recommendations for subsequent phases of the project.

Review the Discover Questionnaire Responses

DEFINE (Summer 2021)

This stage will involve identifying the challenges we face and opportunities to work together to achieve mutual goals. During this stage, our project team will continue to receive input from the public and adjust our approach as needed. 

DEVELOP (Fall 2021)

The focus of Stage 3 is the development and review of specific proposals to improve the Rio Corridor. Opportunities for collaboration between County Staff and the community will continue, with a focus on evaluation and finalization of the proposals.

In this stage, we will involve the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission to provide input and help work through the details and feasibility of each proposal. In an open and transparent process, we will maintain a continuous feedback loop of providing information and receiving input from the public. 

Check out the Community Learning Series and review the feedback

DECIDE (Winter 2021)

Stage 4 of the project is when final decisions will be made about how Albemarle County will adopt the Rio Corridor Plan. The final proposals will be presented to the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission and public hearings will allow for any final input from the public to be heard. Implementation of the selected strategies and solutions will extend beyond this timeframe.