Western Bypass

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The Western Bypass was 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 killed 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 recommended alternate uses for at least $200 million that had been allocated to the bypass. These alternatives included $54 million to extend Berkmar Drive across the South Fork Rivanna River, an additional $10 million to extend Hillsdale Drive 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 transferred most of it to the Route 29 Solutions. LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE
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