While some C’ville locals might bemoan the long, slow construction project at McIntire Road and the 250 By-pass, perhaps it is time to look back at an earlier project along Rt. 250 in Charlottesville.
This photo from the 1950s shows the original construction of the 250 By-pass, specifically the excavation of the east-west road so that it could go under Locust Avenue. The view here looks east toward Pantops. Some of the homes seen in this photo still stand today.
In this aerial view we see the completed By-pass with the Locust Avenue overpass in place. In the distance you can see a second bridge at Park Street. The by-pass allowed for easier flow of through-town traffic. Interstate 64 would be built only a decade or so later and today the “by-pass” handles mostly local traffic.
Historical photos courtesy Randy Olsson