The Commonwealth Transportation Board is hearing recommendations for solutions about the Route 29 corridor on Wednesday in Richmond.
For more than 20 years, planning has been under way on the so-called “Charlottesville Bypass.” The six-mile highway would go around Albemarle County’s congested retail corridor. The Federal Highway Administration has told the Virginia Department of Transportation that it likely won’t support the bypass, in its current configuration.
Route 29 in Virginia runs from Danville to Washington D.C. Since Lynchburg doesn't have an interstate, Route 29 is the primary way people reach the city from points north and south.
WDBJ7’s Tim Saunders is in Richmond for the hearing and will have more tonight.
The Route 29 advisory panel has scheduled a public meeting for March 27. Here is the news release from VDOT about the meeting:
An advisory panel convened by Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne will meet in Charlottesville on March 27 to assist with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) work on recommendations for improvements to the Route 29 corridor in the Charlottesville region.
“We must identify reasonable solutions to the congestion on the Route 29 corridor in the Charlottesville area,” said Secretary Layne. “Local input and support is crucial but we must also consider the needs of the other communities along this vital transportation artery. This group brings all those interests to the table as the commonwealth develops recommendations for improvements that will benefit those communities as well as the entire state.”
The 10-member panel led by former VDOT Commissioner Philip Shucet will include officials from Albemarle County, the cities of Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Danville, the towns of Culpeper and Warrenton, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Charlottesville and Lynchburg Chambers of Commerce and the Southern Environmental Law Center.
VDOT will provide recommendations for improvements that can be built or substantially under way within four years, can be accomplished within the approximately $200 million already dedicated to Route 29 improvements in that area, and to bring the recommended solutions to the CTB no later than May 14.
The first meeting will be held at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research at the University of Virginia. Additional meetings will be held at locations on the Route 29 corridor. The advisory panel’s meetings will be open to the public. Public comment will be accepted via the project’s web site and reviewed at each meeting.