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U.S. Route 29 Western Bypass


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Posted by: John Hall | June 20, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Any chance you could put how close Dennis Rooker's house is the bypass?

Posted by: Jody Forman | June 21, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I'm appalled at the actions of Boyd, Thomas and Dorrier. I think that Boyd and Thomas took advantage of Dorrier's impaired cognition due to Parkinson's disease to get him to switch his vote. What Dorrier was promised if he changed his vote was not in writing and was later disclaimed. The poor guy got snookered and so did the rest of us.

I object to being run by the interests of Lynchburg. Would someone please sniff out under the table money and self-interests on the part of Boyd and Thomas? I understand they stand to gain a great deal.

Jody Forman

Posted by: Richard M. Davis | June 21, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I'll soon be 80 and a native of Albemarle county. Slowly I've watched Route 29 North of Charlottesville become a nightmare. A western bypass has obviously been necessary for 25 years. There's been talk (like now) of a western by pass for at least 40 years. And yet nothing has happened, except the on going deverlopment along Route 29. From Danville to Washington every locality now has a bypass except Charlottesville. Why? I suspect it is the vested interest and money of those property owners who will be affacted by the bypass. I pray that ere I die the bypass will become a reality.

Posted by: R. Austin | June 21, 2011 at 01:19 PM

Inner loop and outer loop. As silly as that sounds in the context of a Charlottesville transportation issue that is what the "need side" of the issue comes down to. ( as opposed to the" funding side" ) If you want to help commuter traffic and fulfill our long standing obligation to cities North and South of us, you need a much wider loop today, one that runs from the Brownsville market in North Garden and sweeps widely to the driving range just North of Ruckersville. If on the other hand you seek to create a fast thoroughfare for the University and others to go from Lenard Sandrege Rd. to Hollymeade Towncenter, then you go with what has languished on the books for thirty years.

Posted by: David Mitchell | June 21, 2011 at 01:32 PM

The main reason the Western Bypass has been sidelined for the last 15 years is it goes thru Dennis Rooker's neighborhood about 200 yards from his house. Check the map.....

Rooker has ensconced himself on the MPO for years and wrote the long winded run on sentence that has held up the Western Bypass. Check the meeting minuets.

In September of 2009 as VDotT was looking at ways to move forward with improving North/South traffic thru Charlottesville as part of the VDOT Route 29 Corridor Study I Dennis put a set of “Talking Points” that stated in part

• “The current best parallel road system we have to Rt. 29 is Georgetown to Hydraulic to Berkmar. What is being suggested is to spend more than $100 million to build a parallel road to the parallel road system that is functioning reasonably well.”

This exact language was included in a Resolution dated Oct 7, 2009. Only Ken Boyd had the good sense to vote against it. As a resident of the “Barracks/Georgetown/Hydrolic/Berkmar” parallel road system I will tell you is NOT functioning reasonably well. Just come out here from 7:45 - 9:00 am and again from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. If the Western Bypass is not built VDoT and the County will be forced to look at expanding and increasing traffic on existing roads. I’ll promise you the first place they will look to expand/widen and increase traffic will be Dennis’s “parallel road system that is functioning reasonably well”.

Our MANY neighbors living on this defacto Bypass are suffering so Dennis and his VERY FEW neighbors can not be inconvenienced.

Also everyone complains Charlottesville/Albemarle never gets any money from VDoT for projects. The constant bickering, lawsuits and "studies" make Richmond just look at our area like a bunch of squabbling children.

Posted by: Kathy Brown | June 21, 2011 at 03:02 PM

I'm glad you asked! I've always thought the bypass should have been on Profitt Road. Rio was too close to do any good, and all the controversy over park land would have been avoided. I believe that this may have been a viable alternative when research first started many, many years ago, but think it's outgrown its usefulness now.

Posted by: Brian Wheeler | June 22, 2011 at 09:14 AM

@John Hall - Dennis Rooker owns property adjoining the bypass in the Roslyn Ridge neighborhood. In the course of our research, we received a copy of the "transactional disclosure statement" Rooker filed in 2002 (year his term began) with the county attorney's office explaining his potential conflict of interest. That statement is now available on cvillepedia via this link:


Brian Wheeler
Charlottesville Tomorrow

Posted by: Kay Ferguson | June 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM

That is one dumb road. Let's create high speed traffic, soil disruption, run off (during and after construction) and a total blockade to pedestrians right beside our major water supply, our developed and supported nature preserve and five of our schools even though all research shows that a road like this does not relieve congestion as promised, but just feeds sprawl? I don't think so.

No matter where his house is, Mr. Rooker has attempted all these years to represent his constituency who have consistently examined and rejected this proposal. If we want to talk about the difference between "squabbling children" and leadership, let's look at representatives who like to do little rules suspension, sneak attack votes late at night.

I'm proud that Charlottesville is home to a citizenry that has the resolve, the stamina and the intelligence to block a bad idea even when all the forces of "how it used to be done" are pushing the other way. Let this issue be where we begin to look at a city that has clean water and safe avenues to walk and bike instead of a city that bends to the outdated dominance and demand of "the car" and "faster is better".

Posted by: kevin mcwhinney | June 27, 2011 at 01:38 PM

I concur with the comments made in the weekends paper - this road plan is a day (or 20) late.

Why does Albemarle and Charlottesville have the knack for pushing 20+ year old infrastructure plans? (See Meadowcreek Parkway). The need for a bypass is a given, but a comprehensive look at the Region (Think Fluvanna, Greene, Orange + Albemarle & Charlottesville) with an eye toward what this are will look like 20 years from now is required.

Two disparate approaches are in play here. The traditionalist/isolationists who believe Albemarle is sacrosanct while the other wants growth, expansion and modernization for the region. The two are not compatible.

Rt. 29 as it exists from the Greene/Madison line is woefully inadequate - with its rolling roadway, blind spots and ever growing stop lights but with high speed limits. Growth continues in the north end of the county and Greene, all feeding south for just day to day activities. To even get across town is a nightmare from Greene, and many (including I) just give up - I'd rather drive to Culpeper or Harrisonburg. An action plan to construct a bypass from I64 east of Charlottesville and north of the city to the airport area and then back to the west is what is needed today. Otherwise, the region will be not much different than Fairfax/Loudoun/Prince William.

Posted by: Donna Vande Pol | July 09, 2011 at 07:30 PM

Where is the information from VDOT showing statistics/ traffic counts supporting the need for this bypass? All I can find is outdated information. Those statistics DO NOT support a need to build this 300 Million dollar road.

Where are the traffic analyses of the vehicles that will be removed from 29 by the McIntire Parkway and the Greenbrier extension? Where is the cost-benefit analysis and proof of the need for this very expensive 300 million dollar road? Why did we abandon the less expensive, grade-separated interchanges that were supposed to WORK BETTER FOR LESS MONEY than a bypass.

Why is the State of Virginia borrowing 300 million dollars, adding to our taxpayer debt in a financial crisis to build a 6 mile road? This is really not a time for political gifts to Lynchburg or UVA or bypass retail stores. Its no time to build an inefficient, unwanted, outdated bypass plan to address a future freight truck transportation need.

IF VDOT intends to make the 29 corridor a major pathway for future freight trucks, what is the grand development plan for the corridor? How many trucks are going to come off of I-81,and I-95 and right through the middle of our county. Where will the next leg of this limited access highway be located? If this is our fate, we need a REAL bypass, one that actually bypasses the community.

Its deceitful for politicians to manipulate frustrated commuters to sell them this unneeded, harmful, expensive bypass that won't actually help them. It is deceitful for VDOT to manipulate our Board of Supervisors.

If we build this "bypass" the next leg will go northward, right through the center of our county. If VDOT needs another interstate, please give us a bypass that actually bypasses our community.

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