Bridgewater Plan

By: Susan Bahorich
By: Susan Bahorich

Bridgewater has the population of about 5,000 people, but traffic through these small streets is three-times that.

"We did a calculation at one of the intersections at 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., you have 1.3 seconds to get out on the road. Unless you're driving in NASCAR that's a problem," explains Bridgewater Town Manager Bob Holton.

That's why town officials are "on-board" for a bypass road- and they hope that feeling is contagious.

For every person that disappeared from this country, three came into take their place.

This is the presentation town manager Bob Holton has been making to group around Rockingham County and it's opening some people's eyes.

"The population is coming- we're going to pick up about 70,000 cars, it raises the question with about 70,000 more cars, what do you do? And some people are admitting, yeah, we need a new road," says Holton.

In the 90's more than two-million new residents came to the United States through birth and immigration, and that trend is not slowing down. Officials figure for every two-people there are a community, two more people are on their way, bringing with them new homes, cars and traffic.

Holton says, "Like many transportation projects, there's more projects than funds to do them. We'll have to wait for our turn hopefully not to far in the future."

The Bridgewater bypass is in V-DOT’s six-year plan, but Holton doesn't expect the project to be completed for five-year.


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