Paula Miller 757-925-1660
June 11, 2018
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION (FHWA) AND VDOT ISSUE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR RE-EVALUATION OF HAMPTON ROADS CROSSING STUDY SEIS
Citizens invited to open houses to provide comments
SUFFOLK, Va. - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) Re-evaluation to the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The EA Re-evaluation, signed by FHWA on June 7, 2018, was necessary to update estimated impacts for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project as identified in FHWA’s 2017 Record of Decision (ROD).
The updates include identifying High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes as the management option for the corridor. On January 10, 2018, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved the designation of HOT lanes on the new capacity of I-64, including at the HRBT. The CTB action led to the Re-evaluation. The EA considers a part-time drivable shoulder in the HOT lanes, as well as new connections between the HOT lanes and I-564. The EA also evaluates the inclusion of an undeveloped area on Willoughby Spit as a future tunnel construction staging area.
The EA is available on the study web site (www.hamptonroadscrossingstudy.org) and at VDOT’s Hampton Roads District Office located at 1700 North Main Street, Suffolk, Va. 23434. An online survey about the EA can also be found on the study web site, located on the Meetings web page. Findings of the EA re-evaluation will be presented to the public during two Citizen Information Meetings to be held:
June 19, 2018 at Ocean View Elementary School, 350 West Government Avenue, Norfolk, Va 23503, and
June 20, 2018 at Saint Mary Star of the Sea School, 12 North Willard Avenue, Hampton, Va 23663.
The open-house format runs from 5-7 p.m. both days. There will be no formal presentation. VDOT representatives will be present to discuss the study and answer questions. Citizens are also invited to provide written or oral comments at the meeting or submit them by July 20, 2018 to Mr. Scott Smizik, VDOT Project Manager; 1401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219. You may also e-mail your comments to Scott.Smizik@VDOT.Virginia.Gov. Please reference “HRCS Re-evaluation” in the subject heading.
Following the public review, responses to substantive comments received on the re-evaluation will be forwarded to FHWA as part of VDOT’s request for a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Issuance of a FONSI would indicate that the proposed refinements do not introduce any new significant impacts that were not already accounted for in the SEIS and Record of Decision.
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