Handshake Deal for Augusta & Private Developer to Build Bypass
Augusta County has a "handshake" deal with a private developer to build a new bypass in Fishersville. The agreement aims to make the project less expensive, and put construction on the fast track.
The Route 636 project has been on Augusta County's wish list for years. It would serve as a vital link between Interstate 64 and Route 250 and open up hundreds of acres for new development.
Supervisors were set Wednesday night to consider a comprehensive agreement with the private partners, but decided to put off action until details could be finalized.
The project is estimated at $13 million, but the county's share would be only about $5 million. The private partners are getting tax incentives, and access to hundreds of acres of potential development land.
Dennis Burnett of Augusta Economic Development said, "We look at the investment that has been made on each end of that corridor. Woodrow Wilson has invested substantial money over the past several years; we know they're here to stay. Augusta Health continues to flourish. So if you made an analogy of building a mall we have our two anchors and we'll be working to fill the middle."
The mile-long Route 636 would link the hospital, the new Murphy-Deming School of Health Science and the Wilson Complex. It is expected to take two years to complete.
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