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Rt. 29 Panel to Submit Corridor Improvement Plan to CTB

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The Route 29 Advisory Panel has come to a final decision on improvements to the corridor after their fourth and final meeting Thursday - and several members aren't happy with the result.

The plan costs $203 million and features a completely new, at-grade intersection at Rio Road. Panel moderator Philip Shucet says the meeting ended in the best compromise possible condensing four options into one workable plan.

"You take those positions for what they are and try to put the best thing you can together,” said Shucet.

"I just wish that we had developed a larger regional solution,” said Trevor Perrow, Lynchburg representative.

A representative from the Southern Environmental Law Center says in the future, he hopes to see more work on the corridor.

"Sooner or later we'll also have to be looking for additional steps to reduce some of the left turn movement to further increase traffic. So I think that this is though a really positive start, and on the whole I think the process worked quite well,” said Trip Pollard, advisory panel member.

The plan also funds the construction of both Berkmar and Hillsdale Drive Extended.

Charlottesville representatives say what needs to come next is pedestrian crossings.

"Down at Greenbrier and Hydraulic I think we really do need pedestrian overpasses or ways to get people across the road without stopping traffic,” said Kristin Szakos, advisory panel member.

But Shucet says he thinks this plan is the best way to meet everyone's needs the best they can.

"I think this is a package that can be adopted by the MPO, funded by the CTB, delivered by VDOT, and make an improvement,” said Shucet.

Shucet and his team will present the plan to the Commonwealth Transportation Board on Wednesday in Charlottesville. After that, the board will make a final funding decision at their next meeting in June.

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