The long awaited Lewis & Clark Drive road extension project kicked-off on Thursday, September 26, 2019, with a celebratory groundbreaking ceremony.
The program featured guest speakers, Deborah van Eersel, UVA Foundation Chief Administrative Officer & Marketing Director, Kevin J. Fay, UVA Foundation Board Chairman, Danny Abramson, UVA Foundation Board & Research Parks Committee Chair, and Jeff Richardson, County Executive with Albemarle County.
The $6-million-dollar road extension project, funded by the University of Virginia Foundation, owner and operator of the UVA Research Park, will connect the Park, (students, faculty and employees working in the Park) to Airport Road, Hollymead Town Center, the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport and eventually to the larger Charlottesville community via Berkmar Drive Extended.
“The Lewis & Clark Drive road extension will ‘unlock’ additional land in the Park, enabling future development and will expand our ability to respond to the University’s and community’s growing space needs,” says Kevin J. Fay, UVA Foundation Board Chair.
Deborah van Eersel, CAO and Marketing Director for UVA Foundation said, “The road extension project is important to us because it allows Park tenants more convenient access and connections to surrounding housing communities and businesses serving the north 29 corridor.”
“…it’s about connecting our community and unlocking economic development potential in our urban core.”
Jeff Richardson, Albemarle’s County Executive stated, “Projects like the Berkmar Extension are about so much more than extending roads – it’s about connecting our community and unlocking economic development potential in our urban core. This project also creates another convenient alternative for Route 29 – allowing local traffic to flow more efficiently for short trips.”
Completion of the Lewis & Clark Drive road extension project is expected by late spring 2020.