Two Supervisors Host Forum on Albemarle Transportation Plans
Two Albemarle County supervisors got people talking about transportation at a community meeting Monday night. Supervisors Brad Sheffield and Diantha McKeel wanted to give their constituents a collective snapshot of current projects and plans in the pipeline, and make the discussion an interactive one.
People from all over the county came to check out the different plans and voice their opinions. Forest Lakes North resident Jim Corbett sketched his solution for improving traffic flow along the Route 29 corridor at the community meeting.
“My suggestion is fairly radical. I'd like to see all crossovers and all stoplights eliminated on the entire route from Airport Road to the 250 Bypass, and service the crossover and left-turn traffic with some modified U-turns,” he said.
Corbett was part of the crowd of constituents who stopped by CATEC to hear about all the different transportation projects for Albemarle County.
“So a lot of people sometimes think that there's one central piece of a place of information for transportation, but actually the reality is multiple agencies fund different types of projects and so we just want to make sure everybody sees everything,” Sheffield said.
Sheffield and McKeel filled the room with diagrams to discuss topics including the long-range plan and the Places29 Master Plan.
“If they live in an area that has a specific problem with a road, I'd love for them to come and show me and talk to me about that,” McKeel said.
Corbett says it was good to provide feedback, but he hopes the county can follow through.
“I would just like to see a better flow and a good solution, not something that's done halfway,” he said.
The supervisors will be hosting another community meeting on transportation next Monday. That discussion is set to start at 7 p.m. at the Jack Jouett Middle School library.
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