Who killed the Ruckersville Parkway?

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With the recent state opinion that Charlottesville could owe $45 million for what's been spent so far on the Route 29 Bypass, a question has arisen in the Hook newsroom: who killed the Ruckersville Parkway?

Short answer: the County supervisors. On April 5, 2006, they voted to remove it from consideration in the local road matrix.

The Parkway, a cars-only route that addresses many of the criticisms of the state's proposed $270 million-plus Bypass, would utilize existing rights-of-way as well as parts of the would-be Bypass footprint to move traffic around heavily trafficked parts of Route 29 North.

It was proposed two years ago, got a hearing a couple of months later, but lost favor after Greene County officials dismissed it as a non-starter and Supervisors and other planners failed to commit any significant funding.

Yet the alleged rebirth of the Bypass has renewed fears that the state could be building one whopper of an obsolete road. So tell us... what's so wrong with the Ruckersville Parkway?

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Well, let's see... a secondary road for $120million dollars when the county gets about $3-4 million/year from the state for ALL secondary roads...

A limited access 29-bypass makes a lot more sense. The oft-quoted EIS statement that once in 50 years a truck will spill chemicals into the Rivanna? So is it better that it spills it on 29 where it crosses the Rivanna? Sure the Hollymeade Town Center is North of it, but still, it would improve things.

Or just create above grade intersections at Woodbrook, Rio, Greenbrier and Hydraulic and create two lanes limited access each way with a one or two lane access road outside for shopping traffic. Yes its ugly, and businesses will hate it, but it will solve the problems...

Then add a third lane from Hollymeade to the Rivanna River...

The supervisors probably voted it down because they know that a two-lane parkway in that form is for Sunday driving and not ideal for moving people through or around the area. While many people will say that most traffic on 29 is local, a bypass would be well used by local drivers as they drive from one area to another within the Charlottesville area. Just think of how much less efficient a car is at 35 mph on rolling hills versus 55-60 on a nicely contoured highway; that should make some of the SELC crowd happy!