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Council backs grade-separated interchange for Hydraulic-29
The Daily Progress Tuesday, May 08, 2018 at 12:01 a.m.

With a new Charlottesville Comprehensive Plan due before the end of the year, the City Council voted Monday to add a long-range development plan for the area surrounding Hydraulic Road and U.S. 29 to the five-year-old document.

The plan for the area — bounded by Greenbrier Drive/Whitewood Road to the north, U.S. 250 to the south, Meadow Creek to the east and North Berkshire Road to the west — calls for major urban development within a framework of traffic and infrastructure engineering plans. The area was put under a Small Area Plan in 2013.

Based on the recommendation of the Hydraulic Planning Advisory Panel, which consists of local business owners, developers, officials from the city and Albemarle County and other community stakeholders, the City Council on Monday approved a transportation plan that features the construction of a grade-separated intersection, similar to the intersection of U.S. 29 and Rio Road, in which Hydraulic Road would pass under 29.

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