Meadowcreek – It’s Like Deja Vu All Over Again

By. Neil Williamson, President

Earlier this week (3/30) The Daily Progress reran a 1978 Editorial “Why We Have Road Problems” bemoaning the delays surrounding the Meadowcreek Parkway.

The editorial concluded:

If you look back to the traffic situation here in 1971 and compare it with the situation today, and then imagine how much more change will occur by 1985, we think you will agree that it is too long to wait.

While The Free Enterprise Forum did not exist in 1978 (I was not yet in High School), we do have some historical data that may prove helpful to the discussion.  In 2004, we contracted Mason Dixon Polling & Research to conduct a telephone survey of area residents to see their perceptions regarding Meadowcreek Parkway and other transportation issue. Since the survey predates the birth of this blog, I have posted below the original media release and the questions and responses to the 2004 poll.

…found the strongest support for the Meadowcreek Parkway was from the City of Charlottesville with 67% supporting the Parkway

Have transportation opinions changed since 2004?  Has your opinion changed?

With double apologies to Yogi Berra, “It’s like Deja Vu all over again” and “The future ain’t as bright as it used to be”. 

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20070731williamson Neil Williamson is the President of The Free Enterprise Forum, a privately funded public policy organization covering the City of Charlottesville as well as Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Nelson County.  For more information visit the website www.freeenterpriseforum.org

 

 

 

 

 

April 22, 2004  MEDIA  RELEASE

Transportation Survey finds wide support for new roads

67% of Charlottesville residents support Meadowcreek Parkway 

The Free Enterprise Forum Regional Transportation Survey found wide public support for the Route 29 bypass and the Meadowcreek Parkway.  The Free Enterprise Forum Survey, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. in Washington DC found the strongest support for the Meadowcreek Parkway was from the City of Charlottesville with 67% supporting the Parkway.  Seventy percent of all Parkway supporters approved building the road as soon as possible rather than waiting for the 250/Parkway interchange to be funded.

While the Free Enterprise Forum Survey found strong overall support (67%) for building the Route 29 bypass, there was varied support regarding the location of the northern terminus of such a road as well as the proposed alignment.  The strongest support for the Route 29 bypass came from Greene County (82%) and Fluvanna County (70%).  Albemarle County had the smallest majority supporting the Route 29 bypass (63%) but also had the largest percentage of undecided citizens (16%) regarding the proposed road.

The reported effect of traffic on everyday lives was also varied.  Traffic on Route 29 was cited as a major concern for 75% of Greene County respondents. While nearly half of those surveyed in the City of Charlottesville reported avoiding social activities or visiting businesses on Route 29 due to traffic.

The Free Enterprise Forum Survey also found 48% of all respondents opposed to the creation of special tax districts to raise local revenue to fund road construction.

Free Enterprise Forum Executive Director Neil Williamson said “Our goal in financing this regional survey is to provide objective empirical evidence to those who make local policy decisions as well as those who are charged with implementing those policies.  Transportation is one of many regional issues of everyday importance the Free Enterprise Forum is actively monitoring”.   

The survey sample included 625 registered voters in the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Greene County and Fluvanna County.  The margin for error is plus or minus 4%.  The survey sponsor, The Free Enterprise Forum, is a privately funded regional public policy think tank headquartered in Albemarle County.

APRIL 2004 CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA POLL  

625 registered voters in the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Greene County and Fluvanna County interviewed by telephone April 15-17, 2004 by Mason-Dixon Polling & search, Inc. of Washington, D.C.  The margin for error is plus or minus 4%.

QUESTION: Do you consider traffic congestion on U.S. 29 going through Charlottesville to be a major problem, a minor problem, not too much of a problem, or not a problem at all?

                  REGION MEN WOMEN CITY ALBMLE GREENE FLUVANNA

     MAJOR      55%    53%   57%    59%    50%     75%     53%

     MINOR      27%    31%   23%    23%    31%     10%     27%

     NOT MUCH   13%     9%   17%    13%    14%     10%     13%

     NOT         5%     7%    3%     5%     5%      5%      7%

QUESTION: How many times per week do you drive on U.S. 29?

          Never/Avoid it               8%

          Less than once a week        8%

          1-2 times a week             17%

          3-5 times a week             29%

          More than 5 times a week          38%

QUESTION: Do you sometimes avoid social activities or visiting businesses on Route 29 in Charlottesville due to traffic, or not?

                  REGION MEN WOMEN CITY ALBMLE GREENE FLUVANNA

     YES        43%    41%   45%    51%    42%     52%     30%

     NO         57%    59%   55%    49%    58%     48%     70%

QUESTION: Do you believe a Route 29 Bypass around Charlottesville is needed, or not?

                  REGION MEN WOMEN CITY ALBMLE GREENE FLUVANNA

     YES        67%    69%   65%    67%    63%     82%     70%

     NO         19%    21%   17%    20%    21%     13%     17%

     NOT SURE   14%    10%   18%    13%    16%      5%     13%

QUESTION: If a Route 29 Bypass around Charlottesville is built, would you prefer to have its alignment go around the west side of town or the east side of town?

          West                         29%     

          East                         32%

          Doesn’t matter/either one    25%   

          Neither/no bypass needed          2%

          Not Sure                     12%

QUESTION: Which one of the following locations do you prefer to have a bypass re-connect with U.S. 29 on the north side of Charlottesville: (ORDER ROTATED)

– South of Airport Road                                   12%

– North of Airport Road & South of the Greene County Line 32%

– North of the Greene County Line & South of Ruckersville 13%

– North of Ruckersville                                   21%

Doesn’t Matter (NOT READ)                                 16%

None/Bypass Not Needed (NOT READ)                         1%

Not Sure (NOT READ)                                       5%

QUESTION: Are you familiar with the proposed Meadowcreek Parkway?

                  REGION MEN WOMEN CITY ALBMLE GREENE FLUVANNA

     YES        77%    83%   71%    82%    80%     62%     67%

     NO         23%    17%   29%    18%    20%     38%     33%

QUESTION: The proposed Meadowcreek Parkway would run from Rio Road in Albemarle County to the US 250 Bypass and McIntire Road in the City of Charlottesville.  Do you support or oppose building the Meadowcreek Parkway?

                  REGION MEN WOMEN CITY ALBMLE GREENE FLUVANNA

     SUPPORT    58%    61%   55%    67%    59%     53%     47%

     OPPOSE     23%    24%   22%    23%    18%     23%     38%

     UNDECIDED  19%    15%   23%    10%    23%     23%     15%

(IF “SUPPORT” n=364) QUESTION: Do you support building the Meadowcreek Parkway as soon as possible, or do you support waiting until full state funding for the Parkway and Route 250 grade separated interchange may be available?

          Build as soon as possible         70%     

          Wait for state funding            26%

          Not Sure                          4%

QUESTION: If state funds are not available, would you support or oppose creating a special tax district to raise local revenue to fund road construction in the Charlottesville area?

                  REGION MEN WOMEN CITY ALBMLE GREENE FLUVANNA

     SUPPORT    34%    31%   37%    36%    36%     28%     29%

     OPPOSE     48%    52%   44%    41%    47%     53%     55%

     UNDECIDED  18%    17%   19%    23%    17%     18%     16%

DEMOGRAPHICS:

AGE:        

              18-34        115 (18%)

              35-49        204 (33%)

              50-64        187 (30%)

              65+          119 (19%)

LENGTH OF RESIDENCE:

              < 5 years     42  (7%)

              5-9 years     90 (15%)

              10-19 years   174 (28%)

              20+ years     318 (51%)

              Refused         1

SEX:    

              Male          310 (50%)           

              Female        315 (50%)

REGION:

          City of Charlottesville      129 (21%)

          Albemarle County             345 (55%)

          Greene County                60 (10%)

          Fluvanna County              91 (15%)

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One response

  1. timothy hulbert | Reply

    Maybe that day comes that the $11million County project is complete – and with the City project delays already, it’s coming even if the City project proceeds — and ask this question. Now that the County project is finished, how pleased or displeased are you with the traffic on Melbourne and Park? I would suspect the City populace would be electrified at that moment. Wouldn’t want to be sitting on City Council then.

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