Bridgewater Home to One of Rockingham County's Busiest Roads

By: Tim Saunders
By: Tim Saunders

What's the area's busiest road? If you say Interstate 81, you're right. But the second busiest may surprise you.

It's Main Street in Bridgewater. Route 42 through the town sees about 8,000 vehicles per lane each day. That's more than high traffic areas like Port Republic Road and East Market Street in Harrisonburg.

The town is taking a look at the situation and weighing options for future needs of the road, including completion of the Bridgewater Bypass. "When the Bypass opens, it should remove at least a third, if not a half of traffic from Main Street, which will make driving more livable for everyone that comes through the town," says Bridgewater Town Superintendent Bob Holton.

Plans call for the bypass to be complete in the next 6 to 10 years. One portion of the bypass near Dinkel Avenue is now complete.

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