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Western Bypass

The Western Bypass is a long-proposed 6.2-mile road to provide a limited access bypass of the commercial area on U.S. Route 29. However, the project was put on hold after a federal agency signaled in February 2014 that they would not grant environmental clearance without further review of its purpose and need. Former VDOT commissioner Philip Shucet has recommended alternate uses for at least $200 million that had been allocated to the bypass. These alternatives include $54 million to extend Berkmar Drive across the South Fork Rivanna River, an additional $10 million to further extend Hillsdale Drive to Holiday Lane in Charlottesville, and $81 million to build a grade-separated intersection at Rio Road and U.S. 29. The Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to eliminate bypass funding and transfered most of it to the Route 29 Solutions. 

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by Sean Tubbs | November 21, 2014
With the elimination of the Western Bypass of U.S. 29, the Virginia Department of Transportation is now selling back land purchased for the project in Albemarle County. “I think that the homeowners that have been held hostage by the bypass for all these years are breathing a huge sigh ...
Credit: Virginia Department of Transportation
Map taken from VDOT's environmental assessment of the proposed Western Bypass of U.S. 29
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