Whereas,        the Free State Road bridge (Route 651) over the Norfolk Southern Railroad provides an important vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle connection/linkage of neighborhoods to community facilities, including the Fairview Swim and Tennis Club, future SOCA soccer field complex, various churches in the area, and other future office/service areas that serve the immediate neighborhoods; and


Whereas,        the Free State Road bridge provides a connection for the developing and existing neighborhoods to Rio Road and Route 29; and


Whereas,        the interconnection reduces demands and impacts on the capacity/level of service and safety of Rio Road, which in 2008 carried 27,000 vehicle trips per day; and  


Whereas,        maintaining this connection is consistent with goals and recommendations of both the County’s Comprehensive Plan and the UnJAM 2035 Regional Transportation Plan for the Charlottesville region, both of which recommend establishing an interconnected land use pattern and road network and a multimodal transportation network.


Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors does hereby request that the Virginia Department of Transportation maintain this section of Free State Road, including the bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad, as a public road and part of the State Secondary System.


Further Resolved that a certified copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Resident Engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation.


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