Jason Bond 540-387-5493
March 14, 2011
VDOT COMPLETES ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS FOR ROUTE 58 WIDENING BETWEEN STUART AND HILLSVILLE
SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is providing citizens and organizations an opportunity to provide input on three environmental documents completed pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the proposed widening of 26 miles of the Route 58 corridor between Hillsville and Stuart. The documents also cover a proposed project to improve a 1.6-mile section of Route 669 (Springwillow Drive) between routes 58 and 221 in Carroll County.
The environmental documents are available for public review at VDOT’s Salem District Office located at 731 Harrison Avenue in Salem or at VDOT’s Martinsville Residency Office located at 309 Weeping Willow Lane in Bassett. The NEPA documentation also can be viewed on VDOT’s website at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/salem/route_58_environmental_documents.asp
Public comment is invited related to the NEPA documents and the Section 4(f) de minimis findings. Written comments must be received by April 12, 2011 and addressed to Mrs. Angel Deem, Project Manager, 1221 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219 or e-mailed to: angel.deem@VDOT.Virginia.gov. Please reference “Route 58 Public Comment” in the subject heading.
As a result of completing the NEPA documents, these Route 58 widening projects will become eligible for federal funds that are available in the future. Currently, no federal funds are identified. The funds needed to complete the widening from Hillsville to Stuart are estimated at $600 million. These projects are candidates to receive additional state funds under the Governor’s Transportation Plan.
The General Assembly established the Route 58 Corridor Development Program in 1989 and directed the sale of bonds to generate state funds to pay for the widening projects. Because the Route 58 widening was funded solely by state funds, VDOT was required to complete environmental documentation that met state requirements but not a NEPA document that met federal requirements. Without a NEPA document, projects to widen Route 58 were not eligible for any of Virginia’s federally allocated transportation funds.
The 26 miles of Route 58 included in the NEPA documentation begins approximately one mile west of Stuart and continues west through Patrick, Floyd and Carroll counties, connects on each side of the three-mile Meadows of Dan Bypass, and links up with the Hillsville Bypass which is currently under construction. Work is anticipated to be completed on the entire 5.2-mile Route 58 Hillsville Bypass by November.
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