Bypass a monster built for out-of-towners
Having followed our recent spate of contentious public works issues, i.e., reservoir use, Bypass, Belmont Bridge, I wish to join the ranks of those who have said THANKYOU, to the Hook for keeping a free press going in Mr. Jefferson’s hometown.
Sadly, we have a core of City and County reps who are clearly operating from a "bigger is better" playbook, that also contains an extensive chapter on bypassing pesky public opposition.
Mr. Salzman’s piece in last week’s issue ["Studies show.... Bypass to use Greer kids as guinea pigs"] demonstrates that the Bypass is a freeway that will accomplish what freeways always accomplish: it will cost a lot of money, divide our city/county communities not unite them, will be ugly, and will ignore far more elegant solutions: multi-purpose parking garages with kid-friendly gardens on top in Greene and Fluvanna counties, paired with low cost transit service to C’ville with weekend long free bus passes for example, along with the Places 29 recommendations.
The western Bypass’s actual purpose is to provide easy access to and from our sports and entertainment mega center for out-of-towners.
A hidden cost will be the need for a big upgrade in law enforcement presence. With a worldwide surge in abductions, the teams that operate on the ground for this sordid and lucrative industry, usually containing a female member will have a quick and efficient means to leave town with their prey without needing to wait out stoplights.
This monster project with its amazing, accordion-like cost-increase feature will just keep on costing in more ways than one. Reminds me of the thousands of polluting, steel and concrete wrecks that now litter the Eurasian continent, products of well-oiled Party systems that were an oligarch’s paradise.