Fluvanna Review

Maria Carter won first place in the oil/acrylic category for Field of Flowers Photo by Page H. GiffordTrilbie Knap, a watercolorist from Charlottesville was the judge for the Fluvanna Art Association’s annual juried show. The show, currently at the Fluvanna County Library through December, features some striking works by members.

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This FlucoFinder column’s goal is to share with the community, information about the schools. Here you will find news of events and activities of public interest, with details and contact information. The FlucoFinder logo was designed by Brendan Murray, a 2013 Fluvanna County High School graduate.
Fluvanna High School
• Ongoing: Mr. David Small’s TV production group will be producing and taping sporting events at School Board meetings for viewing on Charlottesville public access channel 14 and on Lake Monticello’s channel 977.

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Fork Union Depot. Photo by Sally Browning.In the early 1900s, a bit of sophistication came to Fluvanna County. The glamorous-sounding Virginia Airline Railway, headed by a hype man called “Captain,” connected the county to such exotic places as Chicago, New York and Charlottesville. Add a comment

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Debra Lucado, Renny Megahan, Jeff Craig and Joe Chesser cut the ribbon. Photo by Page H. Gifford Attracting shoppers locally and supporting the newly stocked Fluvanna Ace Hardware (formerly Do It Best) was Joe Chesser’s message to the group of well-wishers gathered at Friday’s (Sept. 12) ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Riverside  Gate at Rt. 618 and River Ridge Road. Photo by Lisa HurdleMost people in Fluvanna have to navigate Rt. 53 occasionally – and some drivers have to do it twice or more a day. But tucked into a four-mile stretch just over the Albemarle County line are three of the trickiest intersections in Fluvanna County.
First comes the intersection between Rt. 53 and Rt. 618, Lake Monticello Road, where drivers turning left onto Rt. 618 can back up a whole line of traffic, causing frustration at best and potential rear-end collisions at worst. And forget about turning onto Rt. 53 from Rt. 618 – finding a hole in the continuous line of cars at rush hour is next to impossible.
According to statistics from the Virginia Department of Transportation there have been 16 crashes within 250 feet of that intersection in just five years: from 2009 through 2013, the last year for which statistics are available. And fully half of them took place within one year: 2011.
So that year VDOT began the lengthy process of improving the intersection. Since 2011 the schedule has been pushed back, and now VDOT expects to advertise the project this December. But hopefully by the fall of 2015, and at a cost of $1.08 million, the intersection will be completely revamped.
First, VDOT plans to add a left-turn lane on Rt. 53 eastbound, so that cars trying to turn left onto Rt. 618 don’t have to hold up the entire line of traffic. Next, VDOT will offset the right-turn lane on Rt. 53 westbound, also onto Rt. 618. And finally, it will move the stopbar at the end of Rt. 618 to the south to increase what is currently a limited line of sight.
Tufton Gate
Less than half a mile down the road from that intersection is another dangerous intersection at Lake Monticello’s Tufton Gate. That gate sits on Monish Road – a tiny downhill stretch of pavement with limited lines of sight in either direction on Rt. 53. And, just as with the intersection with Rt. 618, the absence of a left-turn lane means that any drivers wishing to turn into the gate must hold up the entire line of traffic.

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