June 18, 2013
The Charlottesville City Council voted 4-2 on Monday night to approve the new Traffic Signal Coordination project.
The project is already in the works for Albemarle County. Officials are looking at putting new signals down Rt-29. The City of Charlottesville hopes to pick up where the county line ends.
The new traffic lights will be an interactive system that will measure the people stopped at the light and be able to read the traffic on the main road as well as the sides, but not all the members of City Council agree with the project 100 percent.
"It's a wonderful technology to take advantage of," says Council member Dede Smith. "My objection to it was that I thought we had an opportunity to get revenue sharing funds, hundreds of thousands of dollars of revenue sharing funds, and the fact that it came to us at what appears to be the last minute made it so we couldn't even seek them."
Charlottesville's portion of the project would cost nearly half a million dollars. Albemarle County is using state funds to help their part of the traffic signal project, but because the city did not apply for revenue sharing funds early, they will have to either wait for those funds to come through or use money from the city's reserves. That money is from tax payers in the City of Charlottesville.