Former roughneck, longtime journalist and communications professor Randy Salzman promotes transportation demand management that actually changes driving behavior and decreases America’s oil dependency, greenhouse, congestion and foreign policy issues while aiding public health.
Posts tagged "Western Bypass"

Curiouser and curiouser

With apologies to Lewis Carroll, the so-called Western “Bypass” of Charlottesville gets “curiouser and curiouser.” Each argument for the 6.2-mile highway collapses quickly if anyone does third-grade math. This highway built for trucks which trucks can’t use will need another $56 million added to the $244 million already allocated to make it usable and will...

Under the Radar: Western Bypass bid ploy

This latest questionable practice pushing the fast-tracked “Charlottesville Western Bypass” toward construction is that the Skanska-Branch “design” bypasses the recorded agreements between Commonwealth Transportation Board, the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and Albemarle County by extending Leonard Sandridge Road on the Darden Business School campus OVER U.S. 250 prior to starting the official bypass.^ In this...

Common Sense?

The Taxpayers for Common Sense, in an October report subtitled “Two trillion in common sense cuts to avoid the fiscal cliff,” notes the so-called Charlottesville Western Bypass is a financial boondoggle: “This bypass is extremely expensive as compared to similar projects and will cost almost $40 million per mile. Furthermore, state transportation officials found that...

Death of Democracy

Over the past month, I’ve watched the death of democracy in my hometown as three county supervisors have completely ignored their publics and strangled any rational discussion of the spending of borrowed $250 billion on a highway that virtually no one locally wants. In the latest, 15 of 17 speakers backed a motion which reiterated...

Tinkers to Evers to Chance

Like that famous double-play combination, Tinkers to Evers to Chance, yet again it seems inevitable that we in America are going to rub out rationality in transportation. While locally our county supervisors are willing to dump as much half a billion dollars — which neither the state nor Uncle Sam has –into the Bypass to...