Local Leaders Ask For Transportation Money

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

August 25, 2006

At the same time that Albemarle County is growing and bringing in more cars and traffic, the state is cutting transportation funding. This could mean a slower commute in the long run.

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors is meeting with state representatives to discuss legislation for this year's General Assembly. The key issue is transportation.

Albemarle County's transportation budget is down 30 percent, in real dollars, from 10 years ago. This cut goes directly to funding new roads.

Probably one of the most talked about projects is the Meadow Creek Parkway. The county has been saving one for the last 20 years. The project is set for 2008, but if they don't get the promised funding, it may be delayed yet again, which could cost as much as $2 to $4 million more each year it is delayed.

"The longer the funding decision is delayed, the worse this problem gets. They need to deal with it now, rather than delaying it another year, or two years, or indefinitely," said Chairman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Dennis Rooker.

Two of the other projects that are being affected are: finishing the widening of 29 between the South Fork of the Rivanna to the Hollymead Town Center and in the other direction widening Rt.29 N between Hydraulic and the 250 bypass. Also improvements to Jarmans Gap Road and Georgetown Road.

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