Panel to Continue Discussion on Future of Route 29

April 9, 2014

An advisory panel is meeting Thursday to help shape the future of Route 29 in the Charlottesville area.

Transportation secretary Aubrey Layne has tasked the 10-member panel with helping VDOT come up with recommendations for ways to improve the road now that a bypass is off the table.

The group first met last month. Thursday's meeting will be the second of at least three gatherings for the members.

"They all have different objectives possibly, but (are) looking for common ground," said Layne. "There are some things that we can agree on. We may not agree on everything, but what we can agree on, put that to work. Let's get some things started to fixing this problem."

The problem is all the congestion and getting through traffic, through.

About $200 million have been set aside for improvements. The issue at hand is figuring out the best way to do it. That's where the panel comes in.

"I don't think there's a silver bullet, but on the other hand, it'll probably take a combination of things, and therefore I'm hopeful over these next couple of meetings we'll come back to the Commonwealth Transportation Board with something that will begin to address the problem," said Layne. "That doesn't mean it'll be the ultimate answer, but at least we'll start to deal with it."

The meeting will take place in the main auditorium of the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research in Charlottesville. It's scheduled for 1 p.m.

It is open to the public, but there will not be a public comment portion of the meeting.

Comments can be submitted by following the link HERE.

The meeting will also be live-streamed. That connection will be available when the meeting begins at this website HERE.

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