U.S. Route 29; VDOT to study feasibility of eastern bypass. (SJ259)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patron Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; Virginia Department of Transportation; feasibility of eastern bypass for U.S. Route 29 around Charlottesville; report. Requests the Virginia Department of Transportation to study the feasibility of an eastern bypass for U.S. Route 29 around Charlottesville, as well as potential funding sources including the potential sale of right-of-way properties that were acquired for the defunct western bypass project. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/15/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101172D
11/15/2018Referred to Committee on Rules
02/01/2019Reported from Rules
02/01/2019Rereferred to Finance
02/05/2019Passed by indefinitely in Finance (10-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

This has been studied, as Sen. Peake knows, and was surely told when he introduced this bill in last year's session, where it was killed. Some of the most valuable land in Virginia, occupied by some of the richest people in Virginia, is in eastern Albemarle County. Their lawyers will tie VDOT's lawyers up in knots for decades. Further, as Sen. Peake should well know, Charlottesville is in a valley, and immediately to the east of Charlottesville is the north-south-oriented Southwest Mountain range, which is a pretty serious obstacle to a bypass. Finally, Route 29 is being built up clear into Greene County, with new traffic lights going in routinely, so the bypass would need to start north of Ruckersville. That'd make this the single largest bypass in Virginia. Once it was drilled through the Southwest Mountains on both the loop out and the loop back in, and VDOT managed to subdue the billionaires losing their horse farms, this would be a hell of a road.