VDOT issues request for proposals for Route 29 bypass

The Virginia Department of Transportation today advertised a Request for Proposals for the Route 29 Western Bypass in Albemarle County. VDOT is seeking proposals to build the new road using its Design-Build project development process.

The Western Bypass project will build a new 6.2-mile, four-lane, limited-access roadway stretching from Route 29 just north of the South Fork Rivanna River to the Route 29/250 Bypass. The project includes interchanges at both termini to move traffic between Route 29 north and Route 29/250 west of Charlottesville.

Under the terms of the RFP the successful bidder will be responsible for final design and construction of the road.

Traffic using the Bypass will avoid 13 traffic signals along the Route 29 corridor north of Charlottesville. The new road will also provide an alternate route for motorists heading to the University of Virginia’s Grounds via Leonard Sandridge Road, which will be connected to the Bypass by an interchange at its southern terminus.

“The issuance of the Request for Proposals for construction of the Western Bypass project is an important step in advancing this project,” said Commissioner of Highways Gregory A. Whirley. “The Western Bypass will improve efficiency and safety along the Route 29 corridor and will also provide an alternate route for regional traffic.”

Proposals for the Western Bypass project are due at 4 p.m. EST, April 17, 2012. Information about the RFP can be found at:


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