Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
March 25, 2014
MEDIA ADVISORY -- RT. 29 ADVISORY PANEL MEETING TO BE HELD 1 P.M., MARCH 27 IN CHARLOTTESVILLE
Public can attend the meeting or videoconferenced locations, view live webstream or recorded podcast
An advisory panel convened by Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne will meet in Charlottesville on March 27 to assist with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) work on recommendations for improvements to the Route 29 corridor in the Charlottesville region.
The meeting is open to the public to observe discussions, but public comments will not be taken during the meeting. The public can submit their comments on line, beginning March 27 at www.Route29Solutions.org when the site becomes activated. The public can attend the actual meeting in Charlottesville, view it from a remote location via videoconference in Culpeper or Lynchburg, or access a weblink to watch the meeting live online. The meeting will also be recorded and posted online for the public to view at a later time.
Meeting time is 1 p.m., Thursday, March 27. Meeting location is below (space is limited):
Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research
530 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Meeting will be live-streamed via videoconference at following locations where the public and media are invited to observe remotely:
VDOT Culpeper District Headquarters
1601 Orange Road
Culpeper, VA 22701
VDOT Lynchburg District Headquarters
4219 Campbell Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Access the live-streaming link once the meeting begins 1 p.m. on March 27 at www.Route29Solutions.org. The direct link will be http://mfile.akamai.com/59666/live/reflector:24154.asx?bkup=34104.
Links above will not be activated until March 27.
The meeting will also be recorded and be available by podcast on www.Route29Solutions.org.
The advisory panel will provide local input to help the commonwealth to identify reasonable solutions to the congestion on the Route 29 corridor in the Charlottesville area.
Transportation Secretary Aubrey Lane said, “Local input and support are crucial, but we must also consider the needs of the other communities along this vital transportation artery. This group brings all those interests to the table as the commonwealth develops recommendations for improvements that will benefit those communities as well as the entire state.”
The 10-member panel led by Philip Shucet will include officials from Albemarle County, the cities of Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Danville, the towns of Culpeper and Warrenton, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Charlottesville and Lynchburg Chambers of Commerce and the Southern Environmental Law Center.
VDOT will provide recommendations for improvements that can be built or substantially under way within four years, can be accomplished within the approximately $200 million already dedicated to Route 29 improvements in that area, and to bring the recommended solutions to the Commonwealth Transportation Board this spring.
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