Route 654 (Barracks Road) – Albemarle County/City of Charlottesville


The Phase 1 survey regarding potential transportation safety, access, and bicycle/pedestrian/transit improvements on Route 654 (Barracks Rd.) between Georgetown Rd. and U.S. 29 Business (Emmet St.) in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville is complete.

project purpose

The purpose of this study is to identify project recommendations for the Route 654 (Barracks Road) corridor between Georgetown Road and U.S. 29 Business (Emmet Street) within Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville. The corridor has several segments identified as very high safety needs, which will be a focus of the study. This study will focus on improving roadway safety and enhancing multimodal accessibility and connectivity for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. The project recommendations that come from this study will be developed into funding applications for SMART SCALE Round 6 and other transportation funding programs.

study partners

  • Albemarle County
  • City of Charlottesville
  • The University of Virginia
  • Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission

key points of contact

District Lead: Michael Barnes and Charles Proctor

Lead Consultant: Jeff Kuttesch


Phase 1 May - September 2023 Diagnose Problems/Conduct Initial Public Outreach/Brainstorm Alternatives
Phase 2 September 2023 - January 2024 Evaluate Preliminary Alternatives/Conduct Public Outreach and Obtain Feedback/Select Preferred Alternatives
Phase 3 January-July 2024  Conduct Risk Assessment/Develop and Refine Preferred Alternatives/Prepare Cost Estimate and Investment Strategy

Phase 1 Public Engagement Summary

Dates August 1-25, 2023
Number of Participants (unique individuals) 846

The following needs have been identified for this study. Do you agree with this initial assessment?
Safety 86%
Bicycle and Pedestrian Accessibility / Connectivity 79%
Transit Accessibility / Connectivity 65%

What mode(s) of travel do you use when traveling along the study area?
Personal Vehicle 96%
Walking 31%
Cycling 27%
Taxi / Uber / Lyft 5%
Metro Bus, Local Bus, or Commuter Bus 5%
Carpool / Vanpool 3%
Truck or Commercial Vehicle 1%
Other 1%

How did you find this survey?
Facebook 30%
Community Newsletter or Email 19%
Friend / Family / Colleague 13%
Instagram 7%
TV / Radio 6%
Newspaper 6%
Reddit 5%
Other  4%
Twitter 3%
Other Social Media 3%
Nextdoor 2%
VDOT / Project Website 2%