Supervisor Talks About Rt. 29 Project Frustration

Aug. 14, 2014

A member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors is talking about his frustration over the board’s plans for Route 29.

At Wednesday night's board meeting, Supervisor Ken Boyd proposed a resolution to show the board's support for the $230 million road project, but also make sure the board remains involved in the decision making process.

"Mr. Shucet is pushing this thing through without a lot of input from the local community. I felt that the board should come up with a resolution saying we are going to support you in this effort but we want to be very much involved in the design," said Boyd.

There has been concern from business and residents along the Route 29 corridor about the impact the construction will have on their community.

"Our job here is to protect citizens, not to protect the state or VDOT," Boyd said.

Boyd says he didn't have time to look at a revised version of his resolution, so he put forward his initial one in a motion. When he failed to get a second on the proposal, he left the meeting.

"It was the very last thing on the agenda, it was very late at night. I was tired there wasn't anything left to discuss and once I didn't get the second I decided it was time to go home," said Boyd"

The interchange project includes grade-separated interchanges at Rio Road and Rt. 29, the extension of Hillsdale Drive and Berkmar Drive and the synchronization of new traffic signals along the corridor.

The project is expected to be complete October 2017.

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