Battlefield Bypass could be back on the priority list
The proposed Battlefield Bypass near Manassas has been promoted on and off again for decades as a way to alleviate traffic in the suburbs, but the debate over the roadway is far from over.
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#1 Feb 18, 2012
You would think that a road plan would be to improve traffic flow. In this case improved traffic flow is not the purpose or the result for traffic that now passes through the Park. The only purpose of this study was to meet a Congressional requirement. The requirement dated back to the 80's and was resurrected 20 years later with the sole purpose being to get study data and NPS approval for a multi lane road plan along the eastern boundary of the Manassas National Battlefield Park.
This road only improves the visitor experience within the Park - if - a promise is kept to close the two roads (234/29) within the Park. The solution the study recommended doubles the distance traveled and adds several stop lights to travel the distance the current road covers. The solution cuts western Fairfax traffic access to Manassas Business 234 destinations and adds – eventually – all Loudoun Rt 50 overflow traffic to already clogged Rt 29 and I66.
Please do not assume any road proposal is to improve traffic flow.
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