Belmont Bridge Project Update

by Bike Charlottesville on February 27, 2013

Belmont Bridge

Breaking News from the City of Charlottesville, Neighborhood Development Services

“The City of Charlottesville is renewing our commitment to providing accurate and timely information regarding the Belmont Bridge Replacement Project. We apologize for any previous confusion. As of February, 2013, there are two concepts under consideration to replace the existing Belmont Bridge, a bridge or an underpass. There is no timetable for the next steps for this project, but the website [www.belmontbridge.com] will be updated with information as it becomes available.

“In order to make a comprehensive comparison, staff and consultants are working to verify the cost of construction, engineering and other associated expenses. Additionally, information about traffic management, environmental impacts, economic development and other factors is needed to truly assess the two concepts.

“Some of the essential questions that must be answered before the project can proceed are:

  • Actual estimated cost of the underpass and bridge?
  • Will the railroad allow an underpass and if so with what, if any conditions?
  • Will there be right-of-way costs with either option and what are they?
  • Are there any negative impacts to property owners and what is the potential for positive economic development?

“Once the information needed is gathered, it will be presented to the public. This will happen prior to the project going before City Council for a decision.

The deadline for public comment on this project has been extended until March 31, 2013.

“If you continue to have questions after reviewing the information above, please contact Jim Tolbert, Director of Neighborhood Development Services at 434-970-3182 or tolbertj@charlottesville.org.”

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