Jarman’s Gap Road is Changing

There are fewer trees on Jarman’s Gap Road as the widening begins.

I’ve been biking to and from Old Trail quite a bit recently – showing houses, physical therapy on my busted-up-ankle, looking at new construction … I’m really looking forward to the bike lanes.

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11 Replies to “Jarman’s Gap Road is Changing”

    1. i wish the solution would of been to make one (1) detached bike path instead of (2) bike lanes.  Safer, and use less space taken away from residents.  In cities, bike lanes make sense.  Out here….compromise  for space and bike traffic flow.

      So why did so much of the area get cleared?  Current specs say JGR is 19ft wide.  New construction will be (12*2 road) +  (4*2 bike lanes) + (5 sidewalk) = 37feet + Curb + gutters.  Seems like a larger area is cleared on both north and south side.

      1. Yes, separate bike trail would have been great. Much safer. I’m just amazed Albemarle is going to actually put in curb, gutters, and a sidewalk. Very new for them in most neighborhood areas.

        @Jim thanks for plan drawings.

  1. I
    am all for bike lanes but this project continues to blow my mind. There will be
    bike lanes on both sides of the road but they won’t connect to a single road
    with bike lanes. Not to mention this improvement project isn’t even a mile long
    (0.911 to be exact) and the price tag is $3,946,176.53…that is insane! All
    those beautiful trees gone, so much for Albemarle going green!

    1. I think the real issue is the funding structure for the project.  There wasn’t a need for improvements prior to the new housing developments built along Jarman’s Gap.  So if the residents, investors, home builders, and golfers wanted to pay $4 million, more power to them.

      My concern is not the housing developments themselves, my issue is that the demand on the road system and other infrastructure was created by the new housing and therefore the new housing should bear a majority (if not all) of the costs.

      1. What you’re proposing is Mello Roos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mello-Roos) , where developers pay  for the additional roads and schools.  They in turn pass the cost onto the new homeowner.  It is not passed down indirectly, its blatant.  The new owner can choose to pay the 20K (or whatever the number is) or divide the number anually over so many years. 

        Coming from any area that had Mello Roos, I can tell you, I’m glad they don’t exist here.  Roads and schools get used by the entire community, not just subdivisions. 

        1. The old schools and roads were sufficient for the community, the influx of new residents increased the demand on services and infrastructure and created the need for upgrades and new construction.  Therefore the new residents should bear a majority of the costs.

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