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City Waterline Project Closes a Portion of Emmet Street, December 19 - January 14


A City water line project will close the portion of Emmet Street from Ivy Road south to the McCormick Road bridge from Wednesday, December 19 until Monday, January 14. Access to Sprigg Lane will be maintained through the work zone.

A press release about the project, including a map of vehicular and pedestrian detours and contact information, is posted on the City's website

Since Emmet Street is a major thoroughfare and traffic will be diverted to other roads, that are often busy under typical circumstances, please allow extra time for travel in the areas surrounding the University throughout the closure period. Specific impacts to Transit Routes and UVA parking lots are listed below. 

City and Regional Transit 

The Emmet Street closure will impact the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) Route 7 and JAUNT services, including the Park Connect shuttle and Route 29 Express


BlueLine Detour

From University Hall, the BlueLine will turn right after the Emmet/Ivy Garage stop onto Ivy Road. The BlueLine will turn left from Ivy Road to Alderman Road, then left on to Whitehead Road. From Whitehead Road, the BlueLine will turn left on to Stadium Road, and serve Brandon Avenue and the UVA Medical Center, as usual. 

From Lower JPA, the BlueLine will turn left to Stadium Road, right onto Whitehead Road, and right onto Alderman Road. The BlueLine will continue straight on Alderman Road to Copeley Road, turn right to University Hall, and continue to the Emmet/Ivy Garage, as usual. 

The Central Grounds Garage, Ruffner Hall, Sprigg Lane, and Alumni Hall stops will not be served during the detour. Please see the map below for details. 

Blue Line route detour map


Central Grounds Garage

The Emmet street entrance and exit to the Central Grounds Garage will be closed through the duration of the street closure. Visitors to the Central Grounds Garage must use the entrance on Newcomb Road North, behind Clemons Library. 

Permit Parking 

The Emmet Street closure will cut off access to University parking lots around Memorial Gymnasium and The Dell. Parking and Transportation is communicating directly with permit holders in these lots to find a suitable alternative. If you have a specific question or concern about your parking situation, please contact the Parking and Transportation office, 434-924-7231 or

Parking for People with Disabilities 

Access and parking for people with disabilities to Memorial Gym and the Curry School of Education and Human Development will be maintained as follows:

  • Memorial Gym - Accessible from the Central Grounds Parking Garage
  • Curry School of Education and Human Development - Accessible from the parking lot located at the ramp from McCormick Road to Emmet Street known as UVA lot R2. Due to the Emmet Street closure, this parking lot must be approached from Alderman Road to McCormick Road or from University Avenue to McCormick Road.