The recommended solutions package for Route 29 is on the table for another group to consider - the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
The MPO voted to endorse the package at Wednesday’s policy board meeting. The support simply means the group is giving a green light to move the full $203 million plan forward.
At the meeting, the board unanimously approved a resolution to support the recommendations proposed by the Route 29 Advisory Panel.
Several people spoke out for and against the move at the beginning of the meeting. The most controversial proposed project is a grade-separated intersection at Rio Road.
But there was very little discussion among board members before the resolution passed.
“There are things that each of us might have thought, ‘Boy, I wish it would have been a little different or a little something,’ but I think overall we are very supportive of this as a package and want to express support for that,” said Kristin Szakos, MPO board chair.
Szakos says with expressed support from both Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, she is confident in the MPO’s backing of this plan.
The new projects are not yet in the MPO's long-range transportation plan or the transportation improvement program. The MPO will include them once it knows where the state stands on the solutions, after the Commonwealth Transportation Board meets on June 18.