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Cville-Albemarle MPO Talks Boundaries, 29 Improvements

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The group in charge of transportation planning for Charlottesville and Albemarle County has expanded its borders and decided to move forward with some improvements along Route 29.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization agreed to expand its boundaries nearly 50 miles at Wednesday's meeting. Those additions include all of Crozet, some areas along Route 29 and a small addition on the east side of Albemarle County.

The group also held a public hearing on the amendment to focus on the Route 29 and Route 250 ramp improvements near Best Buy. They voted to approve and move forward with the amendment. The changes include additional driving lanes and a pedestrian crosswalk.

However, some aren't convinced this is the way to go.

"Now that the cost of the ramp project has skyrocketed because of the need to construct those ugly sound walls, it is time to drive a silver spike through the heart of this vampire project before it sucks the life out of this part of the city," said Paul Grady, who attended the meeting.

Others who live close to Route 29 do want to see these barriers put up to help prevent noise. The project is expected to cost nearly $11 million, but that is still subject to change.

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