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Work Session To Hammer Out Biscuit Run Traffic Woes

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

December 19, 2006

In a matter of years, the sprawling 920 acre country side known as Biscuit Run could be full of 3,100 houses, parks, a school, and shopping centers.

The traffic that comes with a development of Biscuit Run's size has residents and growth planners concerned.

"People are concerned about how well those roads down there can handle the increase in traffic," explained county spokesperson, Lee Catlin.

At a work session Tuesday night, the Albemarle County Planning Commission will go over a new traffic study done by the development's applicant.

The study will project traffic increases and share ideas on how to lessen the traffic's impact.

Land Use expert Jeff Werner will be paying close attention to these ideas.

"If Albemarle county does not start to create a network of streets within the growth area, then we are just going to keep having the failure of transportation system," warned the Piedmont Environmental Council employee.

Werner said that Albemarle county needs to take the time to come up with a plan that will effectively handle such massive growth. He suggests building connector roads that feed traffic out to the main arteries.

"I think the era of things dumping out onto an arterial, like on 29, and then making that road wider and wider and wider...well, that just simply doesn't work," shared Werner.

Whether or not an idea like this is on the table won't be known until Tuesday's work session. What is known is that Biscuit Run's approval isn't going to happen any time soon.

"We are still in the work session process and haven't even gotten to the public hearing session yet," said Catlin.

The work session is Tuesday, December 19, at 6:00 pm at the county office building.


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