The stories of two Charlottesville/Albemarle arteries: 29: However, he unveiled a timetable that lists major milestones that must be met to ensure all the projects are completed by October 2017. â€œAbout a year from now, we're going to have a set of plans for construction for Rio,â€ Shucet said. Plans to manage traffic and relocate utilities will be developed in the spring, Shucet said. The road and bridge designs will be reviewed by July, and the plans will be approved by August 2015, he said. West Main: The loss of 30 street parking … [Read more...] about 29 to Get More Car-Friendly (soon) & West Main to get More Bike-Friendly
The Western Bypass takes its place the history books. Dating back at least 30 years, the Commonwealth "voted to cancel all previous decisions approving construction of the 6.2-mile roadâ€ and the former owners of the properties purchased by VDOT that would have been used by the Western Bypass can now buy back those properties â€¦ for the original purchase price (thanks to Sean Tubbs for this knowledge). Cvillepedia rightly calls the Western Bypass â€œdefunct.â€ I wonder just how much money was spent on the Western Bypass. If you're curious:- … [Read more...] about Goodbye Western Bypass
What is the value of a green way to a buyer in today's market? Had an interesting conversation this morning in the Crozet Mudhouse with someone who was noting that the attitude shift toward greenways has shifted significantly in the past 10 years or so. It used to be that real estate agents and developers and even buyers placed little to no value in having access to a means of passage that was not centered around an automobile. Today, that attitude has shifted 180°. Access to bike paths or suitable walking trails (for strollers) is an … [Read more...] about What is the value of a Greenway?
Decades and decades of planning and fighting about what to do about Route 29 and I'd argue that our region is worse off because nothing substantive has been done other than widening 29 and adding stop lights. Anyone stepping into the morass that is the evolution of the 29 Corridor would be hard-pressed to make sense of what the County is trying to accomplish. Sean Tubbs at Charlottesville Tomorrow does a good job breaking down where we are right now in the 29 planning process. A $203 million package of solutions to ease traffic congestion on … [Read more...] about The 29 Saga Continues
Who woulda thunk that dropping 150,000 square feet of retail would bring traffic with it? The Stonefield shopping center is challenging at best to navigate - from Trader Joe's to Pasture, for example, and is remarkably so for a pedestrian (I haven't yet tried to bicycle there as 29 is scary). If you're curious to read some of the background, these are some of the stories I was writing in 2006 about Stonefield, which was originally called Albemarle Place. … [Read more...] about Costco Coming to Charlottesville, Bringing Traffic With It
Two and a half miles to dinner (x2) - about 16 minutes - is easy. Bicycling as transportation is something other countries (and some American cities) understand. It's about time we did so as well. … [Read more...] about If Only … Bike Lanes were Ubiquitous
So says the Daily Progress. One decades-old question was answered with a resounding no. "A bypass is not something we would consider," Norfolk-based consultant Philip A. Shucet, the head of the advisory panel and former commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation, told the board. Nearly two years after officials awarded a contract for the bypass, and after $54 million was spent on the project, the planned 6.2-mile road has become a footnote. The transportation board, a 17-member panel of gubernatorial appointees that … [Read more...] about The Western Bypass is Apparently Dead. So What’s Next?