Direct Connect From Charlottesville to Ruckersville

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

August 17, 2005

People want to get to their destinations quickly, which is often hard to do when you're traveling on Route 29. A new plan that might change that for those who are traveling towards Ruckersville.

This plan is for a road that will serve as a direct connect from Charlottesville to Ruckersville. The parkway would not only be a convenience for travelers, but environmentally safe.

The 16-mile road would start near the North Grounds of the University of Virginia. This is where current construction is going on for the North Grounds Connector.

The truck free road's speed limit would not exceed a 35 mile speed limit. There would be a bike path and at least eight exit ramps. The parkway will stretch near the Rivanna River as well as the Charlottesville Albemarle County Airport.

There are two possible plans for building the parkway. One suggests that it's built all at once, the other suggest that it's built in increments within eight to ten years.

"We do things incrementally in our own lives and our own family, so when we add on to our houses when we buy things, we do it one step at a time," said Bern Ewart, one of the volunteer planners of the project. "[The second] plan would allow us to do it one step at a time."

There is no suggested price to build the parkway, but the next step in the process includes a presentation to the Thomas Jefferson Planning District in October.

Mitchell Van Yahres, Ewert, and Gary Okerlund are three of the volunteers who have been working hard to plan this project.

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