Rio Corridor Plan
Rio Corridor Plan
The goal of this project is to develop a community vision and plan that will guide future design and improvements of the Rio Corridor.
A diverse array of people access this corridor; residents of adjacent neighborhoods driving to and from work or shops, bike commuters and those out for a ride, avid runners and casual joggers, kids walking (sometimes skipping) to buy candy or find adventure, grandmothers waiting for the bus, and so many more!
This project moves us to create conversations with you to understand the different ways you use (or wish to use) and experience the Rio Corridor. This information enables us to collaboratively create and implement solutions that not only meet your current needs but have a lasting positive impact on our community.
Over the next year, we will create opportunities to be in conversation with you, to share information with you, and to collaborate with you on what the future of the Rio Corridor might be. It is critical that everyone who walks, drives, rides, bikes, and rolls participate and share in the vision-building with us.
Community Meeting Video
Below you'll be able to view the recorded community meeting about the draft design concepts. You'll hear a brief recap of the project. The majority of the time is dedicated to a Q&A with community members and the project team. Access the PowerPoint Presentation here.
Stage 3: DEVELOP Community Learning Series & Questionnaire
The purpose of the Community Learning Series is to build community knowledge that enables everyone to contribute to improving the Rio Corridor experience via the Corridor Plan.This questionnaire...
Community Kickoff Video
Below you'll be able to view the recorded Community Kickoff. You'll hear a brief introduction to the project, including the current conditions of the corridor, and learn about the timeline and ways to participate.
Stage 1: DISCOVER
In this first phase, we’d like to learn more about you, including your background and expertise, and the degree to which you’d like to contribute to this project. We’d...
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.
Reference Library (in development)
- Line and Grade's Report
- Glossary of Terms
- Transportation Planning 101
- Transportation Projects Currently in Development
- Albemarle County Transportation Priorities - 2019 Report
- Learn More About Transportation at Albemarle.org
- All About Roundabouts - Prepared by IIHS
- Virginia Crash Map - VDOT Crash Data
Our Public Engagement Goals
- Inform participants about the project, 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 approach to respond accordingly.
- Create an inviting, enjoyable experience and get lots of folks to participate in the process.
Board of Supervisors Work Session
Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 from 4 - 6 pm
To view online:
- Visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87233271783
- Webinar ID: 872 3327 1783
To listed by telephone:
- iPhone one-tap: 1-301-715-8592, Webinar ID: 872 3327 1783
- Telephone: 888-475-4499 (Toll Free), Webinar ID: 872 3327 1783
Our project team will be available to review the work to date, answer questions, and share information about how to participate. Look for the Let's Talk Albemarle van. The times listed are when we’ll be there. Pop by at any point!
- Thursday, September 16th, 4-6 pm at The Center
- Tuesday, September 21st, 4-6 pm at Putt Putt
- Canceled: Wednesday, September 22nd, 12-2 pm at CATEC
- Tuesday, September 28th, 12-2 pm at CATEC
Community Learning Series & Online Questionnaire
Our project team developed this series that includes a podcast, videos, and slide decks to build community knowledge and equip everyone to contribute to the conversation. We invite you to review the materials and respond to the questions. We will use your questions and feedback to inform our virtual meeting on the 23rd. Visit the Community Learning Series webpage
We will review the design concepts, respond to questions and feedback we've received to date, and provide time for you to ask questions.
- To participate online visit https://albemarle-org.zoom.us/j/98748523884
- To participate by telephone: Dial: 301-715-8592 or 833-548-0276 Webinar ID: 987 4852 3884
The phases of the Rio Corridor Plan are outlined below. We designed this process to be flexible in order to allow for meaningful and informed community participation.
Stage 1: 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.
Stage 2: 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.
Stage 3: 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.
Stage 4: 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.
Project Team Contacts
David Benish, Development Process Manager