Bridgewater Bypass

By: Emily Brown Email
By: Emily Brown Email

Although VDOT began with over ten alternatives for the Bridgewater Bypass, they are now down to two ideas for connecting routes 257 and 42, also known as North Main Street and John Wayland Highway.

Although both plans begin at Route 257 and run to Don Litten Parkway, a major difference is the cost. Alternative 'A' is $40.8 million plan for a 2.3 mile corridor, whereas alternative 'B' is $44.4 million plan for a corridor of 2.6 miles.

The Superintendent of Bridgwater, Bob Holton, says the decision will be based largely on the location of industry and on the cost of the plan.

If residents can't agree on one of the alternatives, VDOT has also proposed a No-Build Alternative. However, Holton says that last plan just wouldn't work.

"But frankly, anyone who has ever driven on Main Street in Bridgwater would consider a no-build alternative to be a ridiculous alternative, because 17,000 cars a day on a two lane road is a lot of traffic," says Holton.

According to Holton, VDOT will not actually make this decision for several years. However, traffic volumes are expected to grow in the area as officials predict Route 42 will see about 26,000 vehicles a day by 2030.

A public hearing discussing this bypass will take place Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Turner Ashby High School.


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