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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013 6:17 pm

The design build process under which the Western Bypass was revived displays either 1.) mismanagement of financial resources at best or 2.) deception at its worst ("Duck the weave on the bypass," March 21). Either conclusion is deeply disturbing for those of us who are funding this venture, which was labeled one of the nation’s worst transportation projects even before its southern terminus design was altered to make it a functional failure as currently proposed.

This leads to the conclusion that either the officials in Richmond did not understand that they had proposed a design that did not work (in which case I have to conclude administrative incompetence) or they intentionally put forth a design that had a lower cost to gain Commonwealth Transportation Board approval with the idea that they would later change the southern terminus design at the additional cost of tens of millions of dollars to Virginia and U.S. taxpayers (in which case I have to conclude “bait-and-switch” deception).

I simply didn’t think that is how we made investments in the commonwealth. Either way, it is not how I want my money to be spent.

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, say, “This man began to build and was not able to finish.” Luke 14:28-30.

Keith A. Crawford

Albemarle County

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