Chesterfield transportation debate heats up

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We've told you a lot about the changes that could be coming to Hull Street Road - a road many say needs an upgrade.

Now those plans could expand, and it all has to deal with making your ride easier throughout the county.

According to the Times-Dispatch, Chesterfield leaders will meet to break down a master plan for the county's transportation system.

Reports say right now the plan calls for redevelopment.

One idea is to expand the Powhite Parkway to Hull Street. Another idea is to just redevelop the roads already in place.

But the debate heats up when you talk about money.

Some say just simply redeveloping existing land would actually cost more than building new.

But one thing a lot of people seem to agree on is making sure Chesterfield does not become a traffic nightmare like northern Virginia.

One way to possibly avoid that - county leaders are possibly looking at putting in a light rail system.

The planning meeting Tuesday starts at 1 p.m. at the county complex and is open to the public, but you will not be able to comment.

If the commission passes a master plan, it will head to the Board of Supervisors for a final vote.