On July 27, 2006 the 250 Bypass Interchange Steering Committee held its seventh meeting to continue its planning for the interchange for the Route 250 Bypass, McIntire Road and the future Meadowcreek Parkway.
The committee reviewed the fourteen preliminary design alternatives for the interchange and agreed to narrow their focus for future work to just five of the designs, including a no-build alternative. Charlottesville Tomorrow's podcast of this event begins with the meeting in progress during a summary of citizen feedback, which is followed by a discussion of the design alternatives. The meeting concludes with additional public input.
Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20060727-InterchangeMtg.mp3
- 01:15--RK&K’s Project Manager Owen Peery summarizes the positive and negative comments received from the public about the proposed alternatives.
- 05:04--Committee members discuss possible strategies for encouraging the public to engage more in the interchange planning process.
- 06:20--Mr. Peery gives a presentation detailing the interchange project’s goals and objectives.
- 10:40--Mr. Peery discusses the range of alternatives for the interchange’s design.
- 15:40--Mr. Peery says that in the future more visual references will be available for the public to get a better idea of the interchange’s size and impact by comparing it to other existing roads.
- 20:35--Kevin Lynch says that the Committee should increase their efforts to get more feedback from the community.
- 21:2--An overview of potential environmental impacts of the different alternatives.
- 26:40—Mr. Lynch says that the Meadowcreek Parkway and the interchange appear to be directly related which would make a 4F environmental review necessary.
- 30:05 The Project manager responds that the two projects are only linked by the fact that they are both in VDOT’s six year plan. The Meadowcreek Parkway and the interchange have already been approved for funding as separate projects.
- 34:55--Mr. Lynch voices his concern that if it is proved that the two projects are linked the Committee could run into legal issues if a 4F is not conducted.
- 38:55--The Committee discusses an information chart Preliminary Assessment of Effects - Interchange Alternatives that is based on the preliminary assessments for the fourteen alternatives.
- 54:00--Mr. Lynch says the alternative with the least environmental impact will be favored in an environmental review, regardless of other factors.
- 55:40--Mr. Peery explains that it is very expensive to do a full environmental review on each alternative, which is why they are narrowing down their choices to five.
- 1:01:25--Cheri Lewis says she is concerned that the subjective information on the matrix might inappropriately influence the Committee’s opinions on the alternatives.
- 1:06:30--Mr. Lynch encourages the Steering Committee to actively address the public’s feedback in the designs for the interchange.
- 1:08:10--Robert Winstead suggests instead of eliminating alternatives they should simplify the alternatives down to five main types. The five alternatives would then be no interchange, a partial cloverleaf design, a single roundabout design, a double-roundabout design, and a diamond design.
- 1:11:30--The Committee discusses different ways to get the public involved such as public-access television, the Daily Progress, and the City-Notes.
- 1:18:40--A consensus is reached for the project team to move forward with the five alternatives chosen:
- A—The no build alternative
- B—The partial cloverleaf, double-roundabout alternative
- C1—The single roundabout alternative
- E2—The partial cloverleaf, double-roundabout alternative
- G1—The diamond alternative
- 1:21:10--Public input begins
- 1:21:30--Rich Collins speaks on behalf of STAMP (Sensible Transit Alternatives to the Meadowcreek Parkway). His suggestion is that if the money secured for the project is redirected to other road projects in the area, the Meadowcreek Parkway and the interchange would no longer be necessary. By doing this, McIntire Park would be preserved. He also advised the committee to conduct a preliminary law review, which federal officials suggest, before an environmental review.
- 1:24:35--Daniel Bluestone is concerned that there are no sound monitoring 1:24:35--Daniel Bluestone is concerned that there are no sound monitoring devices in McIntire Park, which is a very important area to conduct the sound assessments. He also asks the Committee to incorporate public comment into their designs and decisions.
- 1:27:45--Collette says that when the funds for the interchange were acquired from the state, one of it's main stated purposes was for it to connect to the southern end of the Meadowcreek Parkway. That purpose has now been eliminated and the two projects are considered separate. Because of this, she does not think that the the funds granted can legally be used and she is in contact with Senator Warner’s office about this issue. She also encourages the Committee to take Mr. Lynch’s comments into consideration because he is the only elected official on the committee and his thoughts echo the thoughts of thousands of residents.
Note: Claiborne Thompson is an intern at Charlottesville Tomorrow. She covered this meeting and produced the podcast and summary information. Brian Wheeler