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City Councilors Talk Road Projects, Approve CARS Resolution

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

Several Charlottesville road projects took center stage at Monday’s City Council meeting. The future of the Belmont Bridge was a particular focus with a big public hearing now expected next month.

Councilor Bob Fenwick pointed out eight of 12 people spoke about city road and infrastructure issues during Monday’s public comment period. Council says it is working to improve conditions with the funding available.

City Council was supposed to have a public hearing Monday about the Belmont Bridge replacement. That has been rescheduled to next month's meeting on June 16. But councilors will still get a report on the status of road projects currently underway - including an update on funding and a time table to replace the bridge – at the end of Monday’s meeting.

There are two bridge options and one underpass up for consideration.

One community member compared the possible long-term benefits to another bridge project in the Midwest.

“It now ties the whole downtown, the midtown section across river to Iowa to Council Bluffs and the burgeoning hospitality center over there. So keep looking the infrastructure and look at the long-term benefits of this investment,” said Rod Kelly, who spoke on the Belmont Bridge.

Old Lynchburg Road, the Route 250 interchange, and Route 29 solutions were also covered in Monday’s review.

Charlottesville City Council also unanimously approved a resolution for emergency medical services with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad (CARS). The squad has never had a formal agreement with the city in over 50 years.

A proposed "memorandum of understanding" lays out the responsibilities of each organization to provide ambulance services in the city. Council also agreed to move a separate ordinance which would allow rescue squads to charge for ambulance services to a second reading.

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