May 23, 2013
An open forum Thursday afternoon gave the public a chance to give the Virginia Department of Transportation feedback on its latest design plans for the proposed Route 29 Bypass project.
Nearly 300 people showed up to VDOT's citizen information meeting at the Holiday Inn in Charlottesville.
That's where VDOT displayed the three design concepts it is considering for the southern interchange of the Route 29 Bypass and answered questions and collected comments from the public.
On display were the original southern interchange design plan, along with two alternatives -- one that includes a loop ramp and one that utilizes a flyover.
The drawings can be viewed on the Route 29 Charlottesville Bypass project page on VDOT’s website.
People opposed to the project gathered outside the meeting to collect signatures for a new petition that will be presented to VDOT, asking them to reconsider the project. Opponents say they do not feel like their opinions are being taken into consideration.
However, VDOT says they are reviewing all comments and concerns from the public.
Written comments can be submitted until June 3, 2013 to Hal Jones, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, Va., 22701.
Emailed comments should be sent to 29bypassinterchange@VDOT.virginia.gov. VDOT is asking people to put “Route 29 Charlottesville Bypass Southern Interchange” in the subject line.
Lou Hatter of VDOT says the final design phase of the project will begin after an environmental assessment is complete. He says he expects the assessment to be finished this summer.