July 18, 2011
Augusta Free Press
On Wednesday, July 20th, the Commonwealth Transportation Board will be asked to sign-off on an expedited and controversial initiative of Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton.
“We believe Secretary Connaughton has taken an overly aggressive stance on long-controversial transportation projects, and in doing so, is making major spending decisions without adequate analysis, public input or careful prioritization setting,” said Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth.
This spring, Secretary Connaughton led the push to designate a part of the controversial “outer beltway” in Northern Virginia as a “Corridor of Statewide Significance.” Now the Secretary is leading the push for the controversial “Charlottesville Western Bypass,” lobbying the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors to reverse their long-held opposition to the bypass — an action they took without any public notice.
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