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Topic: Downtown Crozet Avenue Streetscape Project
Meet the Presenter:
Brian is a Richmond area native who currently lives in Chesterfield County and is an associate with Kimley-Horn and Associates. Brian is a seasoned transportation engineer responsible for the delivery, project management, and design of projects for municipalities across the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Brian brings a wealth of roadway and management experience delivering on projects of various scopes and sizes. Brian is also a passionate advocate of context sensitive design and innovative design solutions on transportation projects such as the Downtown Crozet Streetscape Project in Albemarle County and several of the first modern roundabouts in the Richmond area.
The Crozet master plan envisions a thriving and accessible downtown supported by a main thoroughfare that encourages economic vitality and healthy activity. This project focused on creating that thoroughfare through the design and construction of pedestrian-friendly improvements including sidewalks, landscaping, crosswalks, and lighting along Crozet Avenue through the heart of the town. The streetscape project aesthetically enhanced the downtown, initiated construction of New Main Street, improved pedestrian connectivity, balanced all uses of the street, developed “green” alternatives for stormwater management, and set the tone for the redevelopment of downtown Crozet.
The project addressed missing infrastructure links, undergrounded overhead utilities, and modernized the water/wastewater system. It added 7-foot-wide sidewalks, brick crosswalks, and bike lanes to maintain a historic downtown feel and improve roadway safety. The stormwater management, green infrastructure, and new native landscaping and tree plantings solve drainage issues, enhance aesthetics, and add shade. Retaining walls prevent impacts to business properties. All of these improvements set the tone for the style and appearance of future redevelopment as Crozet grows into a small urban center.
Community involvement was essential to successful completion of the project. Partnering with the community also led to design changes, improving the functionality for residents and business owners. The project was designed and phased to minimize “construction disruption” for residents and business owners. Kimley-Horn designed the $1.5 million project, which was constructed by Linco, and A. Morton Thomas and Associates performed the construction inspection. The project was accomplished on time and on budget. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on November 18, 2014, by a grateful community.