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Public has chance to weigh in on 5th Street Station Trail and Hub project

Charlottesville and Albemarle County residents will have an opportunity Tuesday to review plans for a proposed 10-foot-wide, shared-use path connecting Wegman’s Way in Charlottesville to several planned and existing trails on the city’s south side near Interstate 64.

Already approved, what’s been dubbed the 5th Street Station Trail and Hub project will require major grading, provide two pedestrian bridges and cost $11.4 million. The project is slated for construction advertisement in 2025 and completion in late 2026.

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to hold a public hearing on the project at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Room A at the Albemarle County Fifth Street Office Building at 1600 Fifth Street.

"The meeting will be held in an open forum format where project team members will present information about the proposed project and answer questions," VDOT said in a statement. "Attendees may provide written or verbal comments about the project at the hearing."

All comments received at the hearing and by the end of the public comment period, which lasts until Dec. 29, will be included in the formal record, according to the state agency.

This is not the first time the public has had a chance to weigh in on the project.

An information session was held on May 3, also at the Albemarle County Fifth Street Office Building. Attendees there expressed support for the development.

“It’s a good project because it will actually be a hub that connects the Rivanna Trail to a major shopping center and has the potential to connect the neighborhoods down to Biscuit Run Park,” local trail fan Rex Linville told The Daily Progress at the time.

Questions about the project should be directed to John Rose with VDOT. He can be reached by phone at (540) 829-7429 or email at john.rose1@vdot.virginia.gov. Written comments can be mailed to 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701. All comments must be postmarked or emailed by Dec. 29.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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