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City to seek revenue-sharing funds to increase budget for Belmont Bridge

Charlottesville City Council has agreed to seek as much as $4.5 million in additional funding for the replacement of the Belmont Bridge, a project that has been in the planning stages for several years. The council will make an application for the funding through the Virginia Department of Transportation’s revenue-sharing program, which will require an […]

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Belmont challenges await new city planning director

Two issues awaiting Charlottesville’s new planning director are the future of the Belmont Bridge and potential mismatches between city zoning and citizen expectations for future building heights downtown. Last week, Alexander Ikefuna was named director of the city’s department of neighborhood development services. He replaces Jim Tolbert, who left in February after holding the position […]

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City to hire new firm to design Belmont Bridge

An engineering firm hired in April 2009 to design a replacement for Charlottesville’s Belmont Bridge is no longer involved with the project. “We’ve terminated the contract with MMM Design,” said Jim Tolbert, the city’s director of neighborhood development services. Calls to MMM Design’s Norfolk headquarters were not returned before press time. Tolbert said the city […]

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Council endorses U.S. 29 proposals

The Charlottesville City Council informally has endorsed a $203 million package of transportation projects to address traffic congestion on U.S. 29, including $10 million to begin plans for a grade-separated interchange at Hydraulic Road. “It is a major connecting piece for the whole network and I think we don’t want to make it seem like […]

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More questions raised about Belmont Bridge replacements

Charlottesville citizens had a second chance Thursday to ask questions about two competing visions for the replacement of the deteriorating Belmont Bridge. The City Council will hold a public hearing June 16 to decide whether to build an “enhanced” bridge or construct an underpass to carry motorists, pedestrians and cyclists on Route 20 through eastern […]

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Small crowd on hand to view three Belmont Bridge replacement options

Around two dozen people dropped by the Bridge Performing Arts Initiative on Wednesday to view three options to replace the deteriorating Belmont Bridge. Two “enhanced” bridge options commissioned by the city are competing with a scenario to go underneath the railroad tracks to carry Route 20 past the eastern side of downtown Charlottesville. The City […]

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Belmont Bridge replacement options go on display

Should Route 20 travel under or over the railroad tracks as it passes through downtown Charlottesville? That’s the central question before the City Council as it faces a decision on the Belmont Bridge, a deteriorating structure whose replacement has been pondered since 2008. In September, the council directed staff to develop an “enhanced” bridge that […]

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Belmont Bridge replacement designs previewed

Charlottesville officials have two new design concepts to mull as replacements for the Belmont Bridge. Local engineers from MMM Design presented the options Friday to a city design task force. The bridge proposals feature bike lanes and wide sidewalks and would provide space for new development. “The things that we heard at that meeting were […]