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Charlottesville, Albemarle Transportation Planners Set Long-Term Priorities

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The Metropolitan Planning Organization set long-term plans priorities on Wednesday. The Metropolitan Planning Organization set long-term plans priorities on Wednesday.
Some priorities include bridges and intersections. Some priorities include bridges and intersections.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Transportation planners in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are working to set goals for projects that could affect central Virginia for decades to come.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization met Wednesday afternoon to set priorities for several long-term projects that will be completed in years to come. The board is made of representatives from the city, county, and the state. On Wednesday, members set priority for projects such as bridge improvements and roadway safety.

Members of the board discussed improvements to the South Pantops Bridge, which Charlottesville City Councilor Kathy Galvin says requires input from all localities involved.

“That would absolutely require county and city representatives at the table,” Galvin said. “It needs to have that level of intense expertise brought there and engagement and city and county cooperation.”

The planning organization says improving safety and congestion is a top priority.

With budget season coming up for the county and the city, members of the Metropolitan Planning Organization say they will have a better idea of where funding will come from for these projects at their next meeting in January.