I-64 / High Rise Bridge Corridor Study
Project at a Glance
$5 million for Environmental and Preliminary Engineering
Hampton Roads Communications
About the Project
In March 2013, the Hampton Roads 2034 Long-Range Transportation Plan was amended to include an environmental study for the improvement of the Interstate 64 ( I-64) corridor from I-464 to I-664/264, including the High Rise Bridge. The purpose of the environmental study is to develop alternative solutions to address insufficient transportation capacity and correct roadway and bridge deficiencies throughout the corridor.
On Thursday March 19, 2015 the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) identified Candidate Build Alternative 2, addition of two additional lanes of capacity in each direction including the construction of a new bridge and eventual replacement of the existing bridge, with a decision to the management option to be made at a later date. In its resolution, the CTB encouraged the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) and the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) to work with VDOT to identify funding for inclusion in the HRTPO planning documents and to determine the appropriate management option(s) for the corridor. Once additional studies and financial analyses have been concluded, the CTB will be briefed and have the opportunity to determine the appropriate management option(s) for the corridor.
VDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will now work to document the preferred alternative in a Revised Environmental Assessment (EA) and respond to substantive comments received during the public review of the Draft EA.
Pursuant to Section 6009 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users and 23 CFR 774, FHWA intends to make a Section 4(f) de minimis finding related to impacted resources along the corridor as described in the EA. In addition, in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 and 36 CFR Part 800, potential effects of the alternatives on historic properties are included in the EA and available for review.
Once the HRTPO planning documents are properly updated to include the preferred alternative, VDOT can request a decision under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) from FHWA. Once a NEPA decision has been issued, VDOT can advance with more detailed planning and design.
Commonwealth Transportation Board
On Thursday March 19, 2015, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) identified the preferred alternative for the study. The CTB resolution is posted below.
Draft Environmental Assessment and Associated Technical Documents
The Draft EA and associated technical documents (PDF) can be downloaded at the links below.
- Draft EA (21 MB)
- Air Quality Technical Report (7.5 MB)
- Alternatives Development Technical Report (38 MB)
- Archaeological Survey (62 MB)
- Architectural Survey (127 MB)
- Hazardous Materials Technical Memorandum (4.7 MB)
- Indirect and Cumulative Effects Technical Report (3.6 MB)
- Natural Resources Technical Report (30 MB)
- Navigation Evaluation Technical Report (13 MB)
- Noise Technical Report (61 MB)
- Socioeconomics Community Facilities and Land Use Technical Report (4.4 MB)
- Traffic and Transportation Technical Report (3.5 MB)
Location Public Hearing
A Location Public Hearing was held at Tidewater Community College’s Portsmouth Campus on Thursday November 6, 2014 from 4:30 – 7:30 PM. The public hearing was held in an open-house format with no formal presentation given. VDOT representatives were present to discuss the study and answer questions. Display boards and handouts available at the hearing are available at the links (PDF) below.
Brochure (1.9 MB)
- Welcome (617 KB)
- Study Area (1.2 MB)
- Existing Conditions (1.5 MB)
- No Build Alternative (1.4 MB)
- Eight Lane Build Alternative (1.6 MB)
- Eight Lane Build – Managed Alternative (741 KB)
- Alternative Layouts
- Environmental Analysis (125 KB)
- Feasible and Reasonable Noise Barriers (1 MB)
- Other Projects in Hampton Roads (2.9 MB)
Citizen Information Meeting
At the open forum meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, project experts were on-site to answer questions about the study corridor which encompasses I-64 from the I-64/I-464 interchange to the I-64/I-264 interchange at Bowers Hill, and replacement of the existing High Rise Bridge over the southern branch of the Elizabeth River.