The two sides of the western bypass issue have wasted no time going after each other in advance of this Wednesday’s public hearing. A report released by the pro-bypass camp says if it’s built, the western bypass will save commuting time. That’s the claim from the pro-business group known as the Free Enterprise Forum. Director Neil Williamson (pictured) says a VDOT study shows a commuter would save 22 minutes. Williamson says the report shows traffic congestion will be reduced by more than half on the EXISTING Route 29. But bypass opponent Dennis Rooker says that figure represents 11 minutes for a one-way commute. Rooker says the report leaves out traffic-flow improvements already in the funding pipeline for 29 North, and it ignores the fact that the number of vehicles traveling on 29 North has declined in recent years.
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