On July 19, 2006, the Policy Board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) held their monthly meeting.

In this edited recording by Charlottesville Tomorrow, we have included only the comments from the public and the MPO board about the proposed Eastern Connector .  An alignment study is about to commence on the Eastern Connector and is being funded jointly by the City and County.  Three potential routes are under consideration: Proffit Road between Routes 29 and Route 20; Polo Grounds Road to Route 20; and a new road near Pen Park connecting Rio Rd. to the Route 20 area near Pantops.

Residents may apply to be on the newly formed Eastern Connector Alignment Study Committee .

Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20060719-MPO-EasternConn.mp3 

Highlights:

    01:22 — Call to order by Supervisor David Slutzky (Rio)

    02:24 — Public comments on Eastern Connector by Harriet Resio, a resident of Riverrun near Pen Park

    05:10 — Response by City Councilor Kevin Lynch on Eastern Connector .  Acknowledges concerns of Pen Park residents.

    06:30 — Response by Supervisor Dennis Rooker (Jack Jouett).  Mr. Rooker points out a decision has not yet been made to build the Eastern Connector .  The first step is the alignment study to see if there is an acceptable route.  There has not been a preference for a Pen Park alignment.

    07:40 — David Slutzky mentions that the City and County are jointly forming an Eastern Connector Alignment Study Committee .  Supervisor Ken Boyd (Rivanna) will represent the Board of Supervisors on that committee.  City Council will appoint a representative in the near future.