The idea is to deal with the basic problem of Route 29 around Charlottesville. Lynchburg has been agitating for a Route 29 Bypass Bypass around Charlottesville for years, and despises Charlottesville for not building it. But we’ve already got a bypass, though the city has grown in the decades since, and now the bypass doesn’t really bypass anything. But a bypass is useless with unchecked growth—we’d have to build it 20 miles north of the city right now, running 30-odd miles around the city before dumping back on 29 South again just to bypass the existing growth, and there’s no reason why sprawl can’t continue north and south of that bypass, thus necessitating a bypass bypass bypass in twenty years. Shannon wants to allow VDOT to simply deny the right to connect any new roads or driveways to 29, which is really the only circumstance under which a bypass makes sense.
The House Transportation Committee killed it, unfortunately. But, hey, good show. It takes a particularly thoughtful delegate to craft a bill about a 29 bypass that both Charlottesville and Lynchburg residents can get behind.