While I was busy fussing about the Hoo d’Etat, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $135M contract to build the Western Bypass, Sean Tubbs writes for Charlottesville Tomorrow. The design-build contract went to a company called Skanska/Branch Highways. Simultaneous to the award of the contract was the unveiling of the company’s proposed plan, a 300 page behemoth that folks are still working their way through, to figure out what, exactly, is being built.
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My wife speculated that the whole UVA debacle was orchestrated by the governor so that the bypass issues could slip by like a ship in the night……Hmmmmmm……
I do wonder why no one has been considering that this same BoV has very likely played some role in the last minute midnight bypass resurrection. The only actual function the bypass will have will be to connect the University to its Research Park.
The level that this UVa mess has risen to… conspiracy theories included… is pretty comical. That being said, I noticed a comment on CT mentioning how much of an eyesore the southern terminus, with its “flyover,” looks to be. I didn’t see any flyover in the plans, and I found it almost ironic that northbound travelers would have to hit a stoplight before getting on the bypass. NC utilized a similar process in the design of the outer section of I-485. One net result was the use of an innovative interchange that utilized more bridges, but with minimal stacking, saving money and avoiding a spaghetti-type series of flyovers. Interestingly, the project is an eight lane highway with six interchanges and its construction costs are almost the same as this bypass. I would have thought that Skanska could have come up with something more creative than their proposed southern terminus. A comment on CT also mentioned a similarity to the Lynchburg Expressway- but its design is much less useful than the 60 year old expressway- probably due more to the 40 years of debate than to an inability to design intermediate interchanges.
No one has said it yet so let me just say I love your turn of the phrase: Hoo d’Etat.
(Plus, I think the postings here the past few weeks have been the best of the lot. Very thoughtful.)
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