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Albemarle Aims to Lessen Construction Impact on 29 Businesses

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Albemarle County is developing incentives to offer businesses along Route 29 when construction starts on the projects that are replacing a bypass.

The county is looking at how other communities across the country have handled the business impact of big road projects. The business assistance program the county is considering could include grants for marketing and advertising. The county could also support a "buy local" campaign to drive customers into Route 29 shops during construction.

“There's no way it can't have some impact and some disruption to where the projects are going to be happening,” said Albemarle County spokeswoman Lee Catlin. “The best advice we've gotten from other communities is that you have to have a good plan in place. You have to have very effective and accurate and up-to-date communication through the process.”

Albemarle supervisors will discuss the proposal Wednesday afternoon.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board has not yet approved a final plan for Route 29 improvements.

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