City Council Meeting Draws Large Crowd

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

February 5, 2007

Roads and traffic were the issue on many minds as local residents filled every chair at city hall on Monday night.

Many of the new changes that could take place would change some two lane roads throughout the city and turn them into one lane streets, a change that has some residents mad and others happy.

“I wish to stand in support with them to try to create a traffic solution that will make their lives safer and more sane. So I’m in support of the one way of Calhoun,” said Laura Kollar, a local resident.

Alia Juvonen said, “I love to walk. I don't want to drive. So I’m walking a lot and as I’m walking on Calhoun Street, it can be really, really dangerous when there is two-way traffic.”

Other proposals on the table tonight closing off Old Lynchburg Road, something some residents who live off that road would like to see.

Over 5000 vehicles use Old Lynchburg Road everyday to cross between Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville.

Some city officials think that if they should close Old Lynchburg Road it would actually just cause for more traffic on other roads instead.

Many residents also came out to discuss their opinions on the many existing and possible future traffic diverters throughout the city, like the one that is currently near what will soon become the Albemarle Place development.

The concern is also that the other end of our neighborhood, two roads away, is the 250 bypass road on Barracks Road, and so our concern is that people will be so tempted to use that as a short cut,” said James Hunter0Chang, the co-President of the Meadows Neighborhood Association.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for February 20th.

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