March 20, 2014
"I'm delighted with the outcome," says James Clawson, an Albemarle County resident who will no longer have a bypass built right next to his home.
"All of our 25 years of investment of our home and our property would've been flushed because the value would've gone way down and then we would've had this freeway, trucks going by, right next to our backyard."
Instead Clawson hopes for a better solution to the traffic along Route 29.
"I'm really pleased for the outcome of our neighborhood,” says Clawson. “I'm still concerned for the outcome of businesses along route 29 and I'm hoping that the panel will find the right solution."
On Wednesday morning an advisory panel was announced to the Commonwealth Transportation Board in Richmond. They are expected to brainstorm ideas for the Route 29 corridor that don't include a bypass.
Even though residents are happy that the proposed Western Bypass was rejected, commuters along Route 29 say that something still has to be done.
"I think it's essential, because it took me what should only take 30 minutes, it took me about 45 minutes to get down here between the lights and the traffic," says Cathy Polmateer.
Polmateer commutes from Madison Co. and is disappointed that a bypass won't be an option when she drives to the Charlottesville area.
"There's no other way to get to 64, to 81, to 95, and I think we should have something better that wraps around Charlottesville, because it's just ridiculous to get down to the town."
Until new plans are finalized, it's safe to say that there will continue to be traffic concerns for Route 29. However, residents who would have lost their homes with the bypass are excited that their property is no longer on the chopping block.