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Southgate Connector - Blacksburg

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Spring 2015

Est Completion Date
Late 2016



Phil Hammack

What's being done?

This $46.7-million project will replace the signalized intersection at Route 460 and Southgate Drive at the entrance to Virginia Tech with a diverging diamond interchange. This new interchange will eliminate one of the last two at-grade intersections on the Blacksburg Bypass section of U.S. Route 460.

Two new bridges will be constructed over U.S. Route 460 Bypass and portions of Southgate Drive and the Huckleberry Trail will be relocated.

Environmental Assessment

In July 2013, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved the location for the project.

Following the CTB’s approval, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) revised the environmental assessment for the project and sent the revised document to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). VDOT worked with FHWA to finalize the environmental study.

VDOT intends to move forward with producing detailed design plans which will include a design public hearing in fall 2013.

Select the links to view the environmental assessment and related documents for this project.

Environmental Assessment

Traffic and Transportation Technical Memorandum

Alternatives Technical Memorandum

Air Quality Report

Preliminary Noise Analysis

Finding of No Significant Impact

Revised Environmental Assessment

Location Public Hearing

A location public hearing was held on the project in May 2013. 

Public Hearing Documents:

Aerial Display

Additional Displays

Location Hearing Brochure

Design Public Hearing

A design public hearing is scheduled on Monday, October 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Blacksburg Community Center, Multipurpose Room located at 725 Patrick Henry Drive in Blacksburg.

Public Hearing Documents:

Design Hearing Brochure

Design Hearing Comment Sheet

Design Hearing Display 1

Design Hearing Display 2

Design Hearing Display 3

Design Hearing Display 4


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