May 7, 2014
The advisory panel in charge of making recommendations for Route 29 met for the last time this afternoon. Today, we get the first look at the final list of suggestions to make traveling on 29 a little easier.
Did everyone agree on the plan? Not even close. But after four meetings hashing out what to do with the traffic issues on 29 there is at least a set of recommendations that they are moving forward.
It should come as no surprise that nobody on the panel of representatives was completely happy all of the proposals that made the final list. But neither was anyone completely against all of them.
"There were other things i think we all hoped for that we didn't get and things that were there that maybe we were hoping weren't going to be there."
So what's in the plan? The package includes funding the best buy ramp, the Hillsdale extension, widening Route 29 from Polo Grounds Road to Town Center Drive and making signal time improvements.
It also proposes construction for the Hillsdale Drive and Berkmar Drive extensions and creates a Route 29 Rio grade separated intersection. It also funds some money towards adding Amtrak service from Lynchburg to DC to take more traffic off of the road.
The moderator said he found that the plan had a lot going for it.
"I think this is a package that can be adopted by the MPO, funded by the CTB, delivered by VDOT, and make an improvement, make a difference."
The panel was charged with coming up with a solution that would come in at $200 million. This plan total cost would equal $203 million.
The next step will be bringing the list of recommendations to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. A list that those on the board are hopeful will improve travel time down one of our most congested roads.