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MPO Works to Finalize Long-Term Transportation Plan

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The Metropolitan Planning Organization is making some decisions on the future of several road projects in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The MPO met Thursday at the Water Street Center. 

It is finalizing a long-term transportation plan to be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration. The plan needs to be submitted to the federal government by May 28 to avoid a funding penalty.

The plan is divided into three time periods, extending out to the year 2040. The only project the organization recommended to be completed in the short term is the overpass at the intersection of Rio Road and Route 29. Changes start there as early as 2020.

It also recommended engineering and constructing two projects before 2034. Those projects are a bridge on Berkmar Drive and improvements to Exit 118 off Interstate 64.

The organization was set to discuss the alternatives to the Route 29 Western Bypass, but chose to defer that decision until next month.

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne called on the Virginia Department of Transportation to compile a list of alternatives to the 29 Bypass by March 19, following a recommendation from the Federal Highway Administration.

Chair of the Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee Mac Lafferty says he hopes they will eventually support the Places 29 Master Plan.

"I hope that we'll be able to put the monies towards Places29. That would correct probably 90 percent of the problem right there,” said Lafferty.

The Route 29 Master Plan is a collection of projects to improve traffic in that corridor. 
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