August 2, 2005
If you've driven through Charlottesville during rush hour, you know there are traffic problems. Charlottesville Mayor David Brown has seen the city grow, and with it this congestion. He tells us what the city and the county plan to do to address the problem.
"A lot of people are excited to see $25 million dollars come to Charlottesville for the Meadowcreek Parkway interchange, which I think will allow the Meadowcreek Parkway project to move forward; but the Meadowcreek Parkway is only one part of improving our transportation, our traffic woes. We've really got to look at other ways of connecting the urban ring around Charlottesville to each other, in other words a lot of people currently choose to drive through Charlottesville on the way from one portion of Albemarle county to another portion. So, for example, we really need to work on getting an eastern connector--a road that would go from Pantops and cut across [to] 29 north.
"The city and county are currently working on funding a location study so we can start thinking seriously about that road. Another place where we need some connectivity would be on the southern side of the city between Avon Street and 5th Street extended, so that people who are on Avon [and] want to go to 5th street don't have to drive all the way up into the city, turn around and drive all the way back out in order to get to their destination. So, a lot of small solutions are going to combine, I believe, to help us solve our traffic woes."
Mayor Brown also noted that they are proceeding with the Hillsdale connector which will go from Hydraulic through Seminole Square to Hillsdale drive, parallel to Route 29.