The Road from Foothills to Barnes Lumber

I sent this to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Posting here because a) I think it’s a good idea (that’s why I sent it) and b) If I say it to the board, I will say it here.

I’m writing as a resident of Crozet, and of Parkside Village, in reference to the nearly-completed road and site work for the newest phase of Glenbrook at Foothills.
My request/suggestion is simple: please do not open this road to vehicular traffic until the road through the forthcoming Barnes Lumberyard redevelopment is completed and open. 

The road opening is inevitable; we knew about the road and growth when we moved in 18 years ago. “Don’t open the road” is not my position, even though Hill Top is not scaled for this volume of vehicular traffic, nor is the original section of Hill Top.

The timeline for the road through to Barnes is an unknown, and the pushing of dirt has been “next year” for many years.
Open the road to bicycles and pedestrians, but not to automobiles and trucks:

  • Neither Hill Top nor Tabor are sufficient for increased vehicular traffic, and “old Hill Top” has embarrassingly deficient “sidewalks,” and Tabor has sidewalks on 1/3 of the road.  Already, the morning and afternoon backups on Tabor/240 are extraordinary.
  • The Tabor/Park/Hill Top intersection already is unable to handle its traffic, and is in a persistent state of disrepair.
  • Most importantly, this is an opportunity to nudge people to alter their transportation patterns and expectations, and to encourage people to walk or ride a bike less than a mile to downtown Crozet. 

I’d make the obvious arguments that fewer cars and more walking/riding is better for human health and the environment, but I know that you are aware of all of these.
Happy to provide more photos or video for any who are interested.

Addition that wasn’t in my email: while it may be necessary for the road to be accessible for the fire department after 50 units are complete, I suggest bollards that are removable so that the fire department – and only the fire department – can have vehicular access.


  • Photo of current Hill Top Street adjacent to the new development
  • Video of same 
  • Photo of “walking path” on Hill Top — impossible to navigate with a stroller or kids’ bicycle, so people walk in the road.
  • Note – I’ve added two additional pictures to this post that I didn’t send to the BoS – the pictures that have the equipment.
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3 Replies to “The Road from Foothills to Barnes Lumber”

  1. We arrived Fall 2014 and went to All the community meetings about Barnes in 2015. I no longer believe Anything about DCI. No way VDOT is going to delay a road opening that is paid for. Traffic Pain forces habit change. Raise the pain level.

    1. I’d be inclined to agree with you if we had a local government with the budget and political will to alleviate such pain, but we don’t.

      This is an opportunity to start to lead away from “we’ve always done transportation this way.”

      Two thoughts:

      “If you design a city for cars, it fails for everyone, INCLUDING drivers.
      If you design a multi-modal city, it works better for everyone, INCLUDING drivers.”


      “Housing policy is climate policy.

      Transportation policy is climate policy.

      Equity policy is climate policy.

      Public health policy is climate policy.”

  2. I agree with the post: the road from Foothills to Barnes shouldn’t be opened to vehicular traffic until the road through the future Barnes Lumberyard redevelopment is completed and open.

    As a resident of “old Hill Top Street” I can confirm that virtually all pedestrians on Hill Top walk in the road, because the alleged ‘sidewalk’ is in such bad shape. Hill Top, Tabor, and adjacent intersections shouldn’t be forced to handle additional traffic.

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