Hillsdale Drive Connector Approved

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

March 8, 2005

The Charlottesville City Council is finally taking steps to help you get to your destination quicker. The council approved a plan that would create a route for the Hillsdale Drive Connector.

The plan was approved by council-members on Monday, March 7th, but it's not a done deal, yet.

At the city council meeting, residents spoke about the plans to dig up part of the current road, or knock down buildings to make way for a new road.

"It [will be] just too much traffic for this area where we have lots of senior citizens living", said Robert Metzger, President of Millbrook Association, Incorporated.

The council chose "Alternative C", just one of three options up for proposal, as a way to lessen the congestion on the main travel paths in Charlottesville. While some in the community agree, others say it's simply not needed.

"It costs 20 million dollars. That's a lot of money to spend for one mile of road when it could be spent on the Meadowcreek Parkway", said President Metzger.

Those in the homeowners' association condemn the two lane road, which measures just under a mile as it parallels U.S. 29 stretching from the Pepsi Plant to the Main Post Office. It then comes back around to Hydraulic Road.

The council feels this is the best way to go, and although they have approved this plan, nothing can happen until the money to build is appropriated. The Virginia Department of Transportation would be the officials to appropriate the funds.

While the city council waits on money from VDOT, plans to build the Meadowcreek Parkway will have to wait as well.

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