Southeastern Parkway and Greenbelt Location Study
Project at a Glance
The CTB also directed VDOT to solicit private sector proposals under the Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA) to build the project. A possible way to pay for the Southeastern Parkway and Greenbelt is through tolls under a public-private venture. State and federal funds are not sufficient to pay for the project, which is estimated to cost $1 billion. Currently there is no construction funding identified for this project in the Draft Six Year Improvement Program
Chesapeake and Virginia Beach
What's Being DoneUnder consideration and study since the early 1980s, the Southeastern Parkway and Greenbelt (SEPG) Location Study is proposed to identify and address the transportation problems and needs within the Chesapeake / Virginia Beach region and evaluate the impacts of alternative solutions.
The project will analyze the alternative adopted by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) in 1996, and other alternatives, including other Candidate Build Alternatives and the No Action Alternative, to the same level of detail.
The project will also include the evaluation of necessary improvements along the Oak Grove Connector as well as the Interstate 64/464 interchange.
This facility is listed in the Hampton Roads 2026 Long Range Transportation Plan as a tolled facility. Previous studies for this project have evaluated the use of HOV lanes.
- Provides an alternate hurricane evacuation and emergency response route
- Facilitates travel to resorts during peak tourist season
- Provide critical east-west links between Chesapeake and Virginia Beach
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (PDF, 70 MB) for the Southeastern Parkway and Greenbelt has been approved by the Federal Highway Administration, but it has not yet been posted in the Federal Register.
Previously: The department recently completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) and location study utilizing information from an environmental study conducted in the 1990s.
Two Citizen Information Meetings were held in May 2004 to gather input for the Draft EIS.
On Nov. 17, 2005, The CTB approved the location for a new 21.4-mile highway that would provide an east-west connection between Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.
The road would be a four-to-eight-lane divided highway and located south of Stumpy Lake.
It would begin west of I-64/464 in Chesapeake and end at I-264 in Virginia Beach.
The CTB directed the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to continue to work with state and federal agencies to minimize the impacts to environmentally sensitive areas, including wetlands.
“This is a critical project needed to improve mobility in a region that has experienced tremendous growth over the past 30 years,” said Acting VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley. “The CTB’s location decision is a significant step in the process to move this project forward.”
VDOT presented six alternatives, including the option of building nothing, during two public hearings in July.
Five of the alternatives involved building an east-west link in various locations.
The hearings were held following the completion of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which involved in-depth review and study of environmental impacts to all alternatives.
The study phase included extensive public participation, in which citizens and local governments favored an east-west connection south of Stumpy Lake.
The next steps in the process are the completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, followed by a Record of Decision by the Federal Highway Administration.
Construction can not begin until permits are received from state and federal regulatory agencies.