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Politicians React to Albemarle Anti-Bypass Resolution

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Wednesday night, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted 5-1 to pass a resolution that officially kills county support of the Route 29 Western Bypass. Charlottesville Delegate David Toscano says this end for the bypass may be a new beginning, but it's still a huge setback. 

Toscano says it's unclear whether any road or bypass can be built along the proposed corridor. He says Wednesday’s announcement from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that the bypass could not move forward was "quite a curve ball" for the decades-old project - but Toscano says a solution is out there.

“This is not an easy process, it's not going to happen overnight and there are a lot of hurdles to overcome to make something like this happen,” said Toscano.

Toscano says he's ready to work with local leaders, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the McAuliffe administration as they explore new alternatives to the western bypass project.

Long-time bypass supporter Congressman Robert Hurt says he's sorry the community will have to keep debating about it. The release from the federal highway administration also took him by surprise, and now his office will be looking into the legality of it.

"I believe the administration has acted unilaterally on some things where I think they were outside their power, so we want to make sure that from our standpoint, that the Federal Highway Administration has not in any way acted inappropriately here,” said Hurt.

The bypass first came up as a traffic alternative in 1979. All the studies and plans started in 1984.

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