An odd coalition of urban designer Gary Okerlund, Delegate Mitch Van Yahres, and former deputy city manager and Council candidate Bern Ewert has proposed the establishment of a new 16-mile road paralleling Rt. 29, in place of the $350M western bypass. As Kate Andrews reports in today’s Daily Progress, Ewert has come up with a way to link up parts of 606, Earlysville Road, and Hydraulic to create a contiguous two-lane path that avoids much of the sprawl of 29 North, taking traffic from south of UVa to north of Ruckersville.
New construction would be needed in a couple of places: a bridge over the bypass at the new North Grounds Connector, and a strip of asphalt between 641 and 33. They figure it would cost between $70M-$140, and could handle 20,000 cars each day. At this point, it’s nothing more than three people tossing around an idea, but the vastly reduced cost may make it a tempting alternative to the near-mythical western bypass.
I ran against Bern Ewert for the Democratic nomination for C’ville City Council back in 2002. I thought at the time that he’d make a much better city manager than a city councilor, but he had some pretty interesting ideas for our transportation infrastructure. This looks like another interesting idea from him.
2 thoughts on “Proposed Parkway to Parallel Rt. 29”
this is kinda of funny. Looks like people OUTSIDE CVille and Albemarle wants some type of road built.
If they do such a parkway, could they please leave enough room on the sides so that cops have room to pull over speeders? I swear the reason why everyone speeds so gratuitously (i.e., more than the usual 5 mph over the limit) on the 250 Bypass is that the cops never make an appearance, a fact that I attribute to the fact that there’s no room to pull someone over.
Please, wider berms!
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