Ruckersville Parkway killed

A proposed Route 29 Bypass alternative was dealt a fatal blow Wednesday, according to Charlottesville Tomorrow, a growth info service, that believes that the unanimous vote by County Supervisors to exclude the "Ruckersville Parkway" from the Places29 study constitutes a death blow. The Parkway– a thinner, longer, and somewhat more meandering alternative to the mountain-smashing and long-controversial Western Bypass– was championed by retired state Delegate Mitch Van Yahres, among others, as a way to relieve congesion on Route 29 using mostly existing roads instead of resorting to the landscape-changing behemoth that the Western Bypass might become.
Besides Van Yahres, the men behind the Parkway were Democratic Congressional hopeful Bern Ewert and streetcar-supporting planner Gary Okerlund

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Too bad - I don't think this was the right plan, but it was the only one which recognized that a bypass needs to start in Greene County to be of any use. With both counties sticking all their commercial and residential growth on 29 without planning for congestion, the western bypass is already obsolete.

Maybe someone will get some sense and push a eastern bypass thru from Greene or Madison down to Pantops.