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Michelle Earl 276-669-9999
Michelle.Earl@vdot.virginia.gov

BR-14034

March 24, 2014



Design public hearing scheduled for US Route 460 Connector Phase II project in Buchanan County
April 8 from 4 - 6 p.m. at Breaks Interstate Park Conference Center

BRISTOL - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and their design-build partner will hold a design public hearing next month to show plans for the proposed construction of the US Route 460 Connector Phase II in Buchanan County.    

The public hearing will be held Tuesday, April 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Breaks Interstate Park Conference Center, 627 Commission Circle, Breaks, Virginia 24607.  In the event of inclement weather, the alternate date for the public meeting is April 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the same location. 

The purpose of the meeting is to give citizens an opportunity to review and discuss plans to build the 6.2-mile section of roadway that will be located between the currently under construction Route 460 Connector Phase I near the Kentucky State Line and a connection with the proposed Route 121 (Coalfields Expressway).

The project includes:

  • Construction of a 6.2-mile four-lane median divided highway.
  • Connect with Kentucky’s US Route 460 construction as part of the construction of the federally designated Corridor Q, part of the Appalachian Development Highway System.
  • A new at-grade connection to Route 609 and improvements to Route 609 where the connection is made.

As part of the Appalachian Development Act of 1965, Congress authorized construction of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS).  The intent of the ADHS was to generate economic development, supplement the interstate system, connect Appalachia to the interstate system, and provide access to areas within the region as well as to markets in the rest of the nation. 

Route 460 in southwestern Virginia is designated Corridor Q, an approved ADHS Corridor, and extends from Shelbiana, Kentucky, to Interstate 81 near Christiansburg, Virginia. 

VDOT encourages all interested citizens to attend the public hearing. To give citizens more flexibility in their participation, there will be no formal presentation. Instead, citizens will be able to review maps, drawings and other materials explaining the proposed project and discuss the plans with VDOT representatives at their convenience anytime between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Also, citizens will have an opportunity to record verbal comments for the official record anytime during the meeting. Written comments will be accepted during the meeting or may be submitted to VDOT by April 20, 2014.

Maps and other materials pertaining to the project are available for review at the VDOT Bristol District Office, 870 Bonham Road, Bristol, Virginia.  For additional information, or if you require special assistance to participate in the meeting, please call the VDOT District Office at (276) 669-6151 or device for hearing impaired (TTY) at 711.                                     

 

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