Lone Bypass Opponent Sacked from CTB

The one member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board who opposes the Western Bypass has been kicked off the board, Sean Tubbs reports for Charlottesville Tomorrow. In an extraordinary action, James Rich—the representative for the Culpeper district, our district, on the statewide board—received a phone call from Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton informing him that he’d been removed. (Those who serve at the pleasure of the governor can be removed once the governor is no longer pleased.) Rich was in the news last month after he made a motion to reallocate the Western Bypass money to an upstate project; Connaughton was angered by the move. He feels certain he was removed because of his opposition to the contentious road, and figures it’s inevitable that Gov. Bob McDonnell will replace him with somebody who supports it.

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