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Rt. 29 Advisory Panel Meeting to be Held April 24

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Virginia Department of Transportation Press Release

An advisory panel convened by Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne will hold its third meeting in Charlottesville on April 24 to assist with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) work on recommendations for improvements to the Route 29 corridor in the Charlottesville region.

The meeting is open to the public to observe the discussions, but public comments will not be taken during the meeting. The public can submit their comments on line at www.Route29Solutions.org. Members of the public may view the meeting from a remote location via video conference in Culpeper or Lynchburg, or access a web link to watch the meeting live online. The meeting will also be recorded and posted online for the public to view at a later time.

Meeting time is 1 p.m., Thursday, April 24. Meeting location is below (space is limited):

Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research

530 Edgemont Road

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Main Auditorium

The meeting will be live-streamed via video conference at following locations where the public and media are invited to observe remotely:

VDOT Culpeper District Headquarters

1601 Orange Road

Culpeper, VA 22701

Main Auditorium

VDOT Lynchburg District Headquarters

4219 Campbell Avenue

Lynchburg, VA 24501

Live web streaming

Access the live-streaming link at www.Route29Solutions.org. The direct link will be http://mfile.akamai.com/59666/live/reflector:24154.asx?bkup=34104.

Note: The link will not be active until the meeting begins at 1 p.m. on April 24

Podcast

The meeting will also be recorded and be available by podcast on www.Route29Solutions.org. The podcast will be posted to the web page following the meeting.

Background

The advisory panel will provide local input to help the commonwealth to identify reasonable solutions to the congestion on the Route 29 corridor in the Charlottesville area.

Transportation Secretary Aubrey Lane said, “Local input and support are crucial, but we must also consider the needs of the other communities along this vital transportation artery. This group brings all those interests to the table as the commonwealth develops recommendations for improvements that will benefit those communities as well as the entire state.”

The 10-member panel led by Philip Shucet includes officials from Albemarle County, the cities of Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Danville, the towns of Culpeper and Warrenton, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Charlottesville and Lynchburg Chambers of Commerce and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

VDOT will provide recommendations for improvements that can be built or substantially under way within four years, can be accomplished within the approximately $200 million already dedicated to Route 29 improvements in that area, and to bring the recommended solutions to the Commonwealth Transportation Board this spring.

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