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Martinsville Southern Connector Study

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
February 2018

Est Completion Date
Early 2021

Phase
Preliminary Engineering (NEPA)

Locality
Henry

District
Salem

Contact
Michael Gray
540-797-2162
Caleb Parks
804-786-2496
Jennifer Salyers
804-371-6706

About the Study

In February 2018, VDOT started a study called an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate potential transportation improvements along the U.S. Route 220 corridor between the U.S. Route 58/220 Bypass and the North Carolina state line.

The Martinsville Connector Study is a first step toward identifying future improvements to the Route 220 corridor within its study limits.  It is a separate analysis than the EIS for the I-73 corridor that was completed in November 2006.

Martinsville EIS Study

The Martinsville Southern Connector study will focus on a potential limited access road on a new location and/or will look at potential new improvements to Route 220.

The area for study generally covers Route 220 between Route 58 and the North Carolina state line. 

The specific geographic limits determined and refined through the course of the study.

The EIS will study the possible impacts to social, economic and natural environmental resources.

VDOT is conducting the study in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration and will be engaging other state and federal agencies throughout its development.

The area for study generally covers Route 220 between Route 58 and the North Carolina state line.

The specific geographic limits determined and refined through the course of the study.

Study Coordination

VDOT is conducting the study in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration and will be engaging other state and federal agencies throughout its development.

The Coordination Plan (updated May 10, 2015) is a required document that outlines how cooperating agencies, participating agencies, and the public will be informed of and involved in the study.  Additional public or agency coordination may occur outside of the Coordination Plan and the study schedule will be adjusted accordingly.

Stay Involved

Multiple opportunities for public feedback and involvement in the development of the study will be provided.

Citizen Information Meeting
A Citizen Information Meeting was held on May 8, 2018 to introduce the Martinsville Southern Connector Study, gather public comments on transportation issues along the U.S. Route 220 corridor and solicit input on social, economic, and natural environmental resources that may need to be considered as part of the study.

Meeting materials from the Citizen Information Meeting held in May 2018:

Feedback:

The public comment period closed on May 18, 2018 (ten days after the Citizen Information Meeting).  VDOT will review and evaluate any information received as part of the comment period.

VDOT will continue to solicit public and agency comments throughout the study process through informational meetings and other outreach.  Meeting times and locations will be advertised.

Tentative schedule

  • EIS Study Kickoff with Notice in Federal Register  – February 2018
  • Public EIS Scoping Meetings – May 2018
  • Draft EIS – Late 2019
  • Draft EIS Public Hearings – Early 2020
  • Final EIS – Early 2021
  • Federal Highway Administration Record of Decision – TBD
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