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Thomas Jefferson Planning District Discusses Free Bridge Congestion

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

Discussions are underway to attempt to solve a bottleneck problem in Charlottesville. The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission is taking up the Free Bridge area Wednesday night.

The group is specifically trying to bring relief to the congestion around Route 250 and High Street.

The group is looking at a number of options to help in that area. Options include adding an overpass at the intersection and even eliminating left turns at Route 250 and High Street. Another option would be to build a connector bridge on south Pantops Drive.

The feasibility and cost estimates vary for each option. Some of the cost estimates range from $140 million for the big-ticket projects like the overpass to $7 million for alternatives like left-turn eliminations and intersection improvements.

“These folks are taking a different approach, and I really like the approach because we are looking at things that we have never looked at before and I do think there are some definite possibilities here,” said Cal Morris of the Albemarle Planning Commission.

Next, the group will look at how each alternative would impact the environment and existing traffic conditions. A final report will be presented October 31.

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