July 11, 2007
Albemarle County residents still don’t know when they will get a replacement for the Advance Mills Bridge.
The bridge was closed in April after VDOT found cracks in the structure that could not be fixed.
Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors could not decide whether to tear down the bridge, deemed historic by the board in 1999, and put in a temporary one or wait until 2011 for a permanent structure.
Even area residents are at odds. Some say history should be preserved, while others say their safety is at stake.
"How we manage the solutions for transportation temporarily [is a concern]; [and, we] really have to consider what it means to the historic fabric of that neighborhood and that is important to all county residents," shared Advance Mills Resident Dominic Kostelac.
"We have no ambulance service, no fire protection service, our school buses have to use dirt roads with gullies in them," said another area resident, Paul Newland.
The board decided they need more information before they can make a decision. They will revisit the issue in August.