Charlottesville Tests Monticello Road Traffic Reversal
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The city of Charlottesville's plan to change traffic patterns around the Belmont Bridge might have hit a speed bump.
City staff reversed the traffic on Monticello Road between Levy Avenue and Graves Street on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The trial was part of a larger process to evaluate changing traffic patterns after the Belmont Bridge Replacement Project.
The centerpiece of the test was to see whether larger city vehicles could make the tight turn from Monticello onto Levy. To test that, they had a garbage truck attempt to make the turn. They temporarily restricted parking on Levy to facilitate the experiment.
The test didn't go as smoothly as it could have. The garbage truck made the tight turn but had to reverse multiple times to squeeze onto the road.
City staff had said that the reversal would have a longer trial period if this first test was successful. It remains to be seen whether or not that will still take place.