The Western Bypass just north of Charlottesville is a $200-500 million road project that prior VDOT studies show wouldn't relieve congestion on 29 North. All the same, proponents are pushing hard to get the road built. In June 2011, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors voted to reverse the County's long-held opposition to the project.
However, this is not a done deal. Despite a determined push to get this road built, the proposal has hit some recent speed bumps. In the fall of 2012, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers questioned the effectiveness of the Western Bypass and the draft Environmental Assessment for the project - outlining the insufficiencies of that assessment, and the fact that VDOT has not adequately compared the Bypass to alternatives - such as the community's "Places29" plan.
Our communities deserve well-planned, community-based transportation solutions -- not wasteful mega-projects. Ask our Senators to weigh in with the Federal Highway Administration, letting them know that this project does not deserve Virginia's tax dollars and limited transportation funding.