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Bethlehem residents come out against bypass

"If we look at the law enforcement costs," one resident said, "I don't know if we need bus services."

Donovan said more bus lines could be implemented with more frequent stops to help alleviate traffic on Route 9W.

"If the comprehensive plan was so great, we shouldn't have to re-zone," said another resident about the proposals. "The Selkirk bypass has worried the residents of Bethlehem for far too long. So I say remove it, make it dead, and let's not create another bypass again."

He also said that the bypass should not appear on any maps or proposals for disclosure purposes.

Town clerk Kathleen Newkirk, who described herself as a resident first, and said plans need to be in place for inevitable development that will occur in the area.

"As advancements come and development comes," Newkirk said. "We have to prepare for that."

John Vadney of Selkirk expressed his frustrations over the bypass plan and said letters and comments from previous public hearings were not being heard.

"Stop calling it the Selkirk bypass because we don't want it," he said. "I sent in petitions with between 750 and 800 people and everyone said they did not want the bypass. Why did we send those letters? Where do we turn? If this sounds like rhetoric, I think I'm learning it from [attending] these meetings.

Comments about the project or requests for more information about it can be sent to jlipnicky@townofbethlehem.org, or to the town planner at Town Hall.""

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