Engineers Finish Possible Designs for Belmont Bridge

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People living in Charlottesville's Belmont community have two new bridge designs to consider.

Engineers have finished the latest Belmont Bridge designs based on community feedback from last November. One model includes a simple continuation of the road, whereas the second design includes an arched bridge, and is more of a vertical structure.

Both designs would have wide sidewalks for pedestrians, along with bike facilities.

"The community said they would like to see businesses build out to the edges to create more of a street edge with buildings. To do that, we would need to shorten the bridge. There was a lot of talk about making the bridge shorter, so we've gone down from 400 or so feet to 205 feet,” said Jim Tolbert, director of neighborhood development services for the city of Charlottesville.

The PLACE Design Task Force will discuss the plans at its meeting Thursday.

The city will give the community a chance to provide feedback on the designs throughout April.

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