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Planners, Public Meet on Belmont Bridge Design Options

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

The future of the Belmont Bridge was in the spotlight again Wednesday night as planners and the public sat down to try to hash out the details.

The city has narrowed down the concepts for the bridge to two designs. One option includes a simple continuation or replacement bridge, and the second is an enhanced bridge that would include an underpass.

Both designs would improve access for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Wednesday night, those who spoke out say they want to know more about design, cost, and a timeline for the options. Many also say they are glad to be able to give their input.

"It's so great that we're having an extensive process and I know that it's frustrating for many people to not have a really firm answer but, as was said tonight, we're trying to find a solution that will last for a century and there's not need to jump into the answer. That would be foolish,” said Peter Krebs, who lives in the Belmont neighborhood.

If the city were to choose the simple option, planners say work could begin as soon as a year from now. The timeline for an underpass is still unclear.

The next meeting will be May 8 and planners hope to have more detailed information at that point.

There will be a public hearing on the options for the bridge at City Council in June.

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