July 21, 2014
Charlottesville City Council is expected to come together Monday night to decide the future of the Belmont Bridge.
City staff has been reviewing the different proposals, and are recommending building a shorter bridge with more walking and biking space.
The underpass option that is on the table is too expensive, according to city recommendations, and it would create too many problems during construction.
City Councilor Bob Fenwick says partially replacing the bridge would be a win for Charlottesville and would leave money to help repair other bridges.
“If it worked, we would have money left over to bring the other six structurally deficient bridges out of that category. It would let us catch up and it would be like a win, win, win,” says Fenwick.
The council will hear more on the report at its meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, July 21, where they will decide on one of the proposed plans or start the process over again.
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