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City Council Approves Belmont Bridge Steering Committee

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) - The Belmont Bridge was a big talker at the Charlottesville City Council meeting Monday night. Council was supposed to make a decision about the future of the aging bridge Monday, but decided to push that decision back.

Councilors are looking at four different options for the bridge right now. An underpass and bridge replacement are on the table, but one councilor also wants it to be repaired instead of replaced.

During the public comment portion of Monday's meeting, some community members pushed for a decision while others praised councilors for holding off.

"My plea to council would be at this advanced stage in the discussion to show stronger and more deliberate leadership for moving forward,” said a City Council attendee who spoke about the Belmont Bridge.

"You didn't postpone a decision, you elected to wait. And during that waiting period I and others think that gives you the opportunity to listen to hear to contemplate what we have said,” said Rebecca Quinn, who also spoke about the Belmont Bridge.

Council also approved the Belmont Bridge Steering Committee Monday. The group will consist of eight members - four neighborhood representatives, three PLACE Design Task Force members, and one planning commissioner. The group will provide guidance to council and have regular meetings with designers. The committee will be appointed once a decision has been made about how to move forward with the bridge.

Council is expected to further discuss the Belmont Bridge at its next meeting on July 21.
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