To be clear - my opinion is that the 2 segments of the Route 206 bypass project that are scheduled to begin next - Amwell Road to Hillsborough Road, then Old Somerville Road to Amwell Road - should be the LAST to be built.
These segments constitute the actual "bypass" - a project that is tied into the redevelopment of the original Route 206 into a downtown "main street". With the recession in the commercial and residential real estate markets, this development is still a long way off.
While we wait, the difficult and expensive part of the 206 rehabilitation - from Brown Avenue to Old Somerville Road - can provide real benefits now. Not just in reducing traffic, but in other areas such as correcting flood control issues that plague the highway.