A Few Infrastructure Discussions worth Paying Attention To

– Meadowcreek Parkway may be getting closer to reality – C-Ville.

Context:

Meadowcreek Parkway study – 9/2005

What if The Meadowcreek Parkway didn’t exist? 6/2008

For the most possible context – Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Meadowcreek Parkway category

– The Infrastructure we Want Daniel Nairn

After reading upwards of 100 comments, I found only one person in favor of funding new roads. And this person identified himself/herself as a transportation planner for a State DOT. hmmm.

– MPO continues review of future transportation projects; Supports road widening and overpasses on US 29

Three members of the MPO Policy Board were present at the group’s meeting on November 24, 2008. The Board continued its discussion of the UNJAM 2035 regional transportation plan, endorsed the transportation component of the Places29 Master Plan, and discussed ways to boost public participation in the discussion of transportation projects.

Seriously – if you’re not paying attention and getting involved in these discussions, why not?

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  1. Daniel Nairn December 12, 2008 at 09:24

    The whole Meadowcreek parkway discussion took an interesting turn last Tuesday at the Planning Commission meeting. The Commission voted (with 2 opposing votes) to recommend NOT funding the city’s portion of the Meadowcreek parkway this year. It will be interesting to see how council takes this recommendation …

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  2. Jim Duncan December 13, 2008 at 10:10

    Daniel –

    No kidding – this is quite the soap opera. Shame we’re all likely to be so affected.

    I’m curious – what do you think about this story earlier this year?

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  3. Daniel Nairn December 14, 2008 at 14:17

    That story you linked to certainly facilitated some interesting comments. Personally, I’m not really prepared to weigh in on the Meadowcreek parkway (or alternatives) specifically. I don’t know all of the factors involved, and I’ve never personally had to drive through the congested parts during rush hour.

    I will say that there are plenty of cities who made major roadway decisions 40 years ago who now wish they hadn’t. In fact, Boston’s “big dig” is essentially a big undo of the central artery that cut the bulk of the city off from its waterfront. Sometimes cities were drawn in by the hard science of traffic engineering and they didn’t fully account of all consequence that we not quite as easy to quantify. Not to say that is necessarily happening here …

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