Albemarle BOS Public Hearing – Is it a Donne Deal?

Comments to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Public Input Session February 19, 2014

Madame Chair, Members of the Board, Mr. Foley and Mr. Davis,

My name is Neil Williamson and I serve as the President of the Free Enterprise Forum, a privately funded public policy organization located in Albemarle County.

We believe the proposed US29 Western Bypass is the most practicable and least environmentally impactful transportation solution to US29 congestion concerns.

Over the last few weeks we have shared several reports with this community and the Board:

·       Recent travel time information from the Virginia Department of Transportation showing 22 minutes of Bypass travel time savings

·       Engineering concerns with the construction viability of the expressway often touted as a bypass alternative. 

·       Three independently conducted surveys showing the public support for the bypass. 

·       Cost comparisons to the unfunded Places29 improvements

Even with all of this data, we understand this is a political not necessarily a rational decision. 

John DonneI humbly request that you consider English Poet John Donne as you evaluate your decision on this National Highway of Significance this Federal Aid Route.  As Donne wrote:

 

No man is an island,

Entire of itself,

Every man is a piece of the continent,

A part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea,

Europe is the less.”

 

Albemarle County is not an island and the first letter in VDOT stands for Virginia – when will we recognize our role in the Commonwealth Transportation Plan? 

 

Thank you for the opportunity to speak.

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