The city of Charlottesville has the green light to move forward with a project that will bump down drive time on Route 29. In a 3-2 vote Monday night, council approved a light-synchronizing project, which will cost the city nearly half a million dollars.
Albemarle County is getting ready to install new technology that will synchronize 23 stop lights along its stretch of the busy highway. Now Charlottesville will join in with the project, upgrading 13 intersections in the city. The project is expected to cut travel time in half and reduce crashes.
Councilors Norris and Smith voted against the project, citing financial concerns.
"It feels like it came out of nowhere and that the county has been actually talking and dealing and looking for funds before this," said Councilor Dede Smith.
Other councilors say it will benefit drivers.
"Places that this has been done have really seen kind of quality-of-life issues change for people in those corridors," said Councilor Kristin Szakos.
Council also approved the proposal to increase parking fines Monday night. It is still working to come to an agreement about the waiver for first-time offenders.
Councilors discussed the most cost-effective process. That would mean only waiving the fine for those who have never gotten a ticket in the city.
Council is expected to vote on that resolution at its next meeting.
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