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Planners Meet to Assess Belmont Bridge Needs

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Planners met on Thursday to discuss the needs of the Belmont Bridge reconstruction. Planners met on Thursday to discuss the needs of the Belmont Bridge reconstruction.
Potential plans for the reconstruction of Belmont Bridge. Potential plans for the reconstruction of Belmont Bridge.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Work to finalize plans for Charlottesville's crumbling Belmont Bridge picked up on Thursday.

The bridge has been determined structurally inefficient and some pedestrian walkways have been shut down. On Thursday, project managers and the Board of Architectural Review met to begin assessing whether or not the project meets the city's needs.

Planners say safety and traffic are the most important issues.

"Traffic is certainly a high priority, making it work and flow and [second] is bicycle and pedestrian mobility and two big features on the project are very wide bicycle lanes and pedestrian sidewalks on both sides of the bridge running north and south," said vice president of Kimley-Horne and Associates, Sal Musarra.

Another meeting is scheduled in September, when the project could get the green light on the next steps.

The reconstruction of the bridge is planned to begin in Spring of 2020.