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Group Discusses Options to Relieve Congestion Near Free Bridge

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A group met in downtown Charlottesville Wednesday night to discuss options for relieving congestion in the Free Bridge area. It is part of an ecological pilot project funded by the Federal Highway Administration.

This is the fourth time the stakeholder committee has come together to move the study forward. Wednesday’s session is focused on the engineering behind each developed alternative.

Representatives from Rinker Design presented feasibility assessments of each idea that the stakeholders worked on during their last meeting in March. The goal is to come up with viable options to help with traffic congestion on Route 250 on Pantops.

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) says the Free Bridge area is a bottleneck that backs up, especially during the morning and evening peak rush hours.

“These are all concept stage ideas and they're related to this ecological process, which we've been engaged in for about six months in order to facilitate a stakeholder-based approach to identifying transportation alternatives,” said Wood Hudson, senior environmental planner for TJPDC.

Charlottesville is one of the smallest jurisdictions to pilot this ecological process thanks to the grant.

The stakeholder committee includes community leaders, citizen representatives and transportation planning experts. The group will be looking at cost analyses for these alternatives at their next meeting set for July 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Water Street Center.

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