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HRTPO Endorses HRBT as Part of Regional I-64 Express Lane Network

At its July 2017 meeting, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) issued a resolution of support for a regional I-64 Express Lane network that includes the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion.

This segment of the proposed network will carry two general purpose lanes and one Express Lane in each direction, at a minimum, with additional alternatives to be considered during the HRBT procurement. View the entire HRTPO presentation or visit the I-64 Express Lanes site for more information.

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FHWA Issues Record of Decision for Hampton Roads Crossing Study

Action Clears Way for Design and Procurement of HRBT Expansion

A project to expand the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and widen Interstate 64 between Hampton and Norfolk reached a major milestone this week with the conclusion of a nearly two-year environmental study.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Hampton Roads Crossing Study on June 12. The signature of the document concludes the National Environmental Policy Act process for the study and allows VDOT to proceed with more detailed procurement and design of the project.

In its Record of Decision, the FHWA selected Alternative A as the Preferred Alternative to relieve congestion in the I-64/Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel corridor. Alternative A expands I-64 and the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to a consistent six-lane facility from I-664 in Hampton to I-564 in Norfolk. The expansion includes a new bridge-tunnel at the existing HRBT.

The document, a copy of which may be found here, presents the basis for the study decision, per 40 CFR 1505.2, and summarizes the mitigation measures to be incorporated in the project.

The next step in the procurement process is the anticipated release in late 2017 of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to potential proposers who wish to compete for a contract to design and build the project. Many details, including the final lane configuration and construction method of the new tunnel, will be determined as design and procurement advances.

Future updates on the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion will be posted to the new project website at www.HRBTexpansion.org.

FHWA and VDOT publish the Final SEIS for the Hampton Roads Crossing Study

On April 25, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) approved the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Final SEIS) for the Hampton Roads Crossing Study (HRCS). FHWA has published a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register (dated May 5, 2017).

The Final SEIS includes the information presented in the Draft SEIS, documentation of the Preferred Alternative, updated analyses, and responses to substantive comments received on the Draft SEIS. The Final SEIS and updated technical documents are available on the study website.

The Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (40 CFR 1506.10(2)) and FHWA regulations (40 CFR 771.127(1)) state that FHWA will wait 30-days from the publication of an NOA on the Final SEIS before making a NEPA decision. Accordingly, VDOT will request a Record of Decision (ROD) from FHWA to complete the NEPA process in early June. The anticipated ROD will be posted to this web site when it is available.
 
Following the issuance of the ROD, VDOT can advance with more detailed procurement and design activities.

COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD APPROVES LOCATION FOR HAMPTON ROADS CROSSING EXPANSION

The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) today unanimously approved a preferred alternative to ease congestion and improve travel on the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.  Alternative A will widen about 12 miles of I-64 to a consistent six-lane facility from I-664 in Hampton to I-564 in Norfolk.  The alternative includes a new parallel bridge tunnel.

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HRCS Update - September

The 45-day public comment period on the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (HRCS SEIS) concluded on September 19, 2016. While the comment period has closed, the Draft SEIS, supporting technical documents, and meeting materials from the Location Public Hearings are still available for review on the study web site. VDOT and FHWA will review the comments received on the Draft SEIS and provide responses to substantive comments in the Final SEIS scheduled to be released in the spring/summer of 2017.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will receive its first briefing on the results of the study and input received from the public on September 20, 2016. A second CTB briefing is scheduled for October 18, 2016. It is anticipated that the CTB will take action to identify a preferred alternative during its action meeting on December 7, 2016. This preferred alternative will be documented in the Final SEIS.

HAMPTON ROADS CROSSING STUDY RELEASED

Public invited to comment on findings before alternative is chosen

The Federal Highway Administration and Virginia Department of Transportation today released the results of a study of proposed improvements to Hampton Roads’ harbor crossings, including expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel and construction of additional crossings.

The release of the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement opens a 45-day public comment period on the results of the analysis. Two public hearings will be held in which people can review the alternatives under study, talk with VDOT representatives and provide feedback in person. Those hearings are:

  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. September 7 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive in Hampton.
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. September 8 at the Quality Suites Lake Wright, 6280 Northampton Blvd. in Norfolk.

The Hampton Roads Crossing Study is considering four alternatives to improve transportation between South Hampton Roads and the Peninsula. Those alternatives include expanding the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, building connections between Route 164 in Portsmouth and I-564 in Norfolk, expanding I-664, and building a water crossing between I-564 and the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board is expected to take formal action on a preferred alternative by the end of the year.

Public comment will be accepted until September 19.

HRCS Update - June

In June 2016, VDOT briefed the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) on the status of the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (HRCS SEIS). The presentations from these meetings are available here. Previous presentations and meeting materials also are available on this web site. VDOT is scheduled to brief the HRTPO’s Citizen Technical Advisory Committee in July.
 
VDOT remains on schedule to publish the Draft SEIS in early August. This publication will be announced through a FHWA Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, newspaper and other media announcements, on the study web site, and through emails like this. The Draft SEIS will be made available for a 45-day public comment period. During this time, VDOT will host Location Public Hearings to present the findings of the study and solicit input from the public. Following the close of the public comment period, VDOT will brief the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on the study and then seek a formal endorsement by the CTB of a preferred alternative. VDOT anticipates CTB action before the end of 2016. Following the identification of the preferred alternative, VDOT will work with FHWA and its other partners to develop a Final SEIS that documents the preferred alternative, provides necessary analyses of this preferred alternative, and responds to public comments on the Draft SEIS. VDOT anticipates publishing this Final SEIS in the spring of 2017. Following the publication of the Final SEIS and update of regional planning documents, VDOT would request a Record of Decision from FHWA to advance the first section of the preferred alternative.

HRCS Update - May

In April 2016, VDOT briefed the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Transportation Technical Advisory Committee and the Newport News City Council on the status of the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (HRCS SEIS). 

In early May, VDOT also briefed the James City County Board of Supervisors on the status of the study. The presentations from these meetings are available here

Previous presentations and meeting materials also are available on the web site. (http://www.hrbtexpansion.org/)
 
VDOT is on schedule to publish the Draft SEIS in early August. This publication will be announced through a FHWA Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, newspaper and other media announcements, on the study web site, and through emails like this. 

The Draft SEIS will be made available for a 45-day public comment period. During this time, VDOT will host Location Public Hearings to present the findings of the study and solicit input from the public. Following the close of the public comment period, VDOT will brief the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on the study and then seek a formal endorsement by the CTB of a preferred alternative. 

VDOT anticipates CTB action before the end of 2016. 

Following the identification of the preferred alternative, VDOT will work with FHWA and its other partners to develop a Final SEIS that documents the preferred alternative, provides necessary analyses of this preferred alternative, and responds to public comments on the Draft SEIS. 

VDOT anticipates publishing this Final SEIS in the spring of 2017. Following the publication of the Final SEIS and update of regional planning documents, VDOT would request a Record of Decision from FHWA to advance the first section of the preferred alternative.

VDOT Briefs Agencies

In February 2016, VDOT briefed local, state, and federal agencies and groups on the status of the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (HRCS SEIS). 

The presentation from this meeting is available here. Previous presentations and meeting materials also are available on the web site. 

During February, the study team also neared completion of field studies to inform the HRCS SEIS. Over the next few months, the team will document its findings and complete the necessary analysis to inform the SEIS.

HRCS Update - February

In January 2016, VDOT, FHWA and the federal cooperating agencies concurred on the alternatives to be retained for analysis in the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (HRCS SEIS). Prior to this action, the alternatives were presented to the public at two Citizen Information Meetings (CIMs) held in December 2015. (Materials from the CIMs are available here). These alternatives, along with the No Build Alternative, will be retained for analysis in the Draft HRCS SEIS. The HRCS SEIS also allows for new or hybrid alternatives to be identified through the process. If a new or hybrid alternative is identified as the preferred, it will be fully documented in the Final SEIS.

Graphics illustrating the build alternatives retained for analysis are available on the study web site. An updated version of the study’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and recent presentations given by VDOT on the study also have been recently posted to the study web site. Our field teams continue to collect data along the study area corridors to inform the analysis in the HRCS SEIS.

Citizen Information Meeting

At the December Citizen Information Meetings, the public was invited to re-examine the three alternatives that were retained for analysis in the original study, as well as an additional alternative identified during initial public outreach.  The public was asked to provide input on how these alternatives met the purpose and need for the study, if there were other alternatives that should be considered, as well as seeking any other information the public could provide to inform the study.

CITIZEN INFORMATION MEETINGS PLANNED FOR HAMPTON ROADS CROSSING STUDY SEIS

VDOT representatives will be present to discuss the study and answer questions

VDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and other stakeholders, have initiated work on a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to re-evaluate the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). Two Citizen Information Meetings (CIMs) are planned to gather public input for the SEIS.

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