State Sen. Mark Peake, R-Lynchburg, on Jan. 8 filed a resolution and a budget amendment to study building a U.S. 29 eastern bypass around Charlottesville.
Peake said SJ32, which asks the Virginia Department of Transportation to research the feasibility of such a project, is the next step after the state killed the Western Bypass of U.S. 29.
“The promises were made more than 30 years ago — Danville did its bypass, Amherst did its bypass, Culpeper has its bypass and Charlottesville’s been the one sticking point,” Peake said. “We need to finish the project, and now we need to study an eastern bypass. This is the first step of following through with what was done in 2014 to 2015 when the $230 million from the Western Bypass was taken to do those local Charlottesville projects.”