Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Dec. 21, 2012
VDOT to Hold Public Hearings for the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Environmental Impact Statement
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold two public hearings in Jan. 2013, to discuss alternative solutions for the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT). As a key component of the study, VDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This document compares the potential environmental impacts of the four alternatives which have been retained for more detailed study. The Draft EIS is currently available for review and comment by the public and regulatory agencies. The HRBT tunnel corridor covers approximately 11 miles of I-64 between I-664 in Hampton and I-564 in Norfolk.
Public Hearings Schedule
Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 4-7 p.m.
Granby High School
7101 Granby Street
Snow date: January 30, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 4-7 p.m.
St. Mary Star of the Sea School
14 N. Willard Avenue
Snow date: January 31, 2013
The purpose of the hearings is to offer citizens an opportunity to review the alternatives and to provide input to VDOT. The transportation needs identified in this study are 1) insufficient capacity to accommodate travel demand and 2) deficiencies of the existing roadway, tunnels and bridges. The study has followed the National Environmental Policy Act process for developing the EIS. Examples of the environmental resources that were evaluated along the HRBT corridor include residential and business properties, parks, historic properties, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and economic considerations.
Public input is an important part of this study. VDOT encourages all interested citizens to attend one of the public hearings. In order to provide more flexibility for public participation, there will be no formal presentations. Instead, citizens will be able to review maps, drawings, and other materials that explain the alternatives and discuss the study with VDOT representatives at their convenience anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
A full copy of the Draft EIS can be found on the study website. Copies of the document also will be available at several regional locations listed below beginning December 21, 2012.
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library 111 W. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk, VA 23503
Phoebus Branch Library 1 South Mallory Street, Hampton, VA 23663
VDOT Hampton Roads District Office 1700 North Main St., Suffolk, VA 23434
Williamsburg Residency 4451 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
VDOT Interstate Management Office 1992 South Military Highway, Chesapeake, VA 23320
Citizens will have an opportunity to provide their verbal or written comments at the public hearing or submit them in one of the following ways:
Online: Electronic comment form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/I64HRBTEIS
Mail: Tom Heil, Team Project Manager at 2901 S. Lynnhaven Road, Suite 300, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
All comments are due by February 13, 2013.
VDOT anticipates the study to conclude in summer 2014, with a Record of Decision that selects the best alternative. If a build alternative is selected and funding is available, the study may advance to more detailed stages. These additional stages include design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction. The process to reach construction may take several years, depending on funding availability.
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