Planning Commission Gives Update on 5th Street Trails Project
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Community members are getting an update on a project slated to create new walking and bicycle facilities for people in both Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission provided several updates on the 5th Street Trails Project on Wednesday, March 20, which is meant to better connect Charlottesville with Albemarle County.
The site for the project is a triangle of land near Biscuit Run and Moore's Creek that sits between 5th Street Station, 5th Street Station Parkway, 5th Street, and Interstate 64.
On Wednesday, the planning commission gave community members a look at the updates on the project design, which has undergone some changes to become more accessible for people with disabilities.
“So in some places you would need to fill or cut or put railings or ramps or boardwalks, so we had to look at how all that would affect the floodway and that changed our design a little bit,” Jessica Mauzy, the landscape architect for the project, said.
The project is currently being funded by a $600,000 grant by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Designers hope to start construction on phase one of the trails project sometime next year.