Update 19 February 2014 – Looks like the Western Bypass might be dead.
Who knows if and when the Western Bypass will be built? Know this – lots of people will show up to comment on it. Again.
A vote on the resolution could follow the hearing, set to begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the County Office Buildingâ€™s Lane Auditorium. That session is expected to stretch into the night and generate huge turnout, the latest turn in the enduring saga of the Western Bypass of U.S. 29.
I asked years ago a question about the Meadowcreek (John Warner) Parkway that could (and should, in a reasonable world) be asked of the Western Bypass – How would they design the Western Bypass today, with todayâ€™s human settlement and development patterns in place?
The answer is that the road would likely be a very different solution. Because implementing infrastructure solutions in the Charlottesville – Albemarle region takes a minimum of 30-50 years, plans should change, but they wonâ€™t.
I know this -
- The proponents arenâ€™t going to give up just because the road is a flawed design. Terminating at Forest Lakes is the wrong terminus – it was probably the right location 30 years ago, but now it should dump traffic north of the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, probably north of the UVA North Fork Research Park and really should terminate in Greene County. Those necessary changes arenâ€™t going to happen.
- The opponents are accused of using flawed data as are the proponents, whenever these arguments arise. They donâ€™t want the bypass and disregard the studies saying that the Western Bypass will save time.
- I just wish there was unbiased data and analysis by which the citizens could make informed decisions. I also wish that unicorns were real and
Ken Boyd (a bypass supporter) said it well a few weeks ago when the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors was deciding to open the Western Bypass debate again to the public:
Boyd, again: "How many issues are we going to revisit because you werenâ€™t here when these decisions were made?"
— J. Reynolds Hutchins (@Reynolds_CDP) February 5, 2014