Places29 Plan Unveiled

By: Michael Gorsegner Email
By: Michael Gorsegner Email

February 26, 2007

Residents got to take a look at the Places29 Master Plan and how it will affect them in the future.

"It's our most urban area and it's also the area where most of the traffic comes through going from D.C. to Atlanta," said Mike McGowan.

That area is the Route 29 corridor and that delicate balance is one of the issues the Places29 Master Plan is trying to solve. Tonight, residents got the chance to see the first draft of the plan after seeing two versions of it last spring.

"People have been asking for ways to fix 29 and how to accommodate through travel along here for decades," said Harrison Rue of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission.

One of the ways to accommodate more traffic is to take those cars off of Route 29. The plan calls for extending Berkmar Drive to run parallel to Route 29 continuing up to the airport. The plan also calls for the widening of Route 29 beginning at Polo Grounds Road and the installation of overpasses at key intersections like Rio Road. It's a plan that would take place in phases.

"A lot of the improvements will be dictated by the pace of growth and the availability of funding to make some of the improvements," said John Giometti of VDOT.

But after more than three years of planning on this project and years on others, Mike McGowan says he just wants to see all of the plans go to use.

"It's time that we decide to do something. Build a Meadowcreek Parkway. Build a Hillsdale Drive Extended. Build some things here and get through a planning process, and agree and do it," he said.

The public will have two more opportunities to see the plan on both March 5th at Hollymead Elementary School and March 8th at the Senior Center. Both of those meetings are designed to get more detail about the northern and southern portions of the plan.

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