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Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study

Cities of Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk

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Project at a Glance
Begin Date
EIS Begin Date: August 2020 / EA Begin Date: February 2018

Est Completion Date
EIS Completion Date: Fall 2023 / EA Completion Date: April 2019

Phase
EIS

Locality
Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk

District
Hampton Roads

Contact
Hampton Roads Public Affairs
757-956-3032

Spring/Summer 2022 Update

The Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study evaluates options to improve the Bowers Hill Interchange in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk and Portsmouth and covers the junction of I-664, I-64, I-264, U.S. Route 13, U.S. Route 58, U.S. Route 460 and VA Route 191 (Jolliff Road), as well as seven miles of I-664 to College Drive (exit 8A). 

Most recently, VDOT shared the recommended preferred alternative and held the Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study virtual public hearing April 26 via Webex, and in-person April 27 in Suffolk. Materials are saved at www.vdotmeeting.com/bowershill and comments collected through May 7, 2022 will be included in the public record.

VDOT is working on the documentation for this stage of the study. Once the Commonwealth Transportation Board has formally identified the preferred alternative, FHWA will publish the Draft EIS, which is anticipated to be available for public review in fall 2022.

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Current Newsletter

What's Happened:  On February 18, 2022, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued the Notice of Intent (NOI) for the Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study, formally initiating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. The NOI includes information on the purpose and need, the alternatives retained for detailed study in the EIS and alternatives considered but not advanced, schedule details, and a summary of study information developed to date. Comments were collected through March 21, 2022. The study will help identify potential short-term and long-term operational improvements and study boundary limits will be informed by scoping and refined through the course of the study. While the study will result in the identification of a specific improvement and impact estimates, those impacts are only estimates and final impacts would not be known until the project advances beyond the current study phase to more detailed design. Using input gathered from the online survey and field data collected in 2020, VDOT developed the preliminary Purpose and Need to present to concurring, cooperating and participating agencies and has developed a range of concepts that potentially address those needs.

Information Gathered in 2021


Study History

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), initiated the environmental review process for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate potential transportation improvements at the Bowers Hill interchange in 2018.

Following issuance of the EA, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), in consultation with HRTAC, VDOT, and FHWA, expanded the Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements study area to include a larger study area into Suffolk, including approximately seven additional miles north along Interstate (I-) 664 to College Drive. Considerations also include how the study area would interact with Express Lanes that are planned for portions of I-64 east of the study area. 

In July 2020, residents in the expanded Bowers Hill study area received a letter from VDOT informing them field work was underway to assess wetlands, streams, threatened and endangered species, wildlife and habitat, historic properties, community facilities, and other resources. Receiving a letter did not mean the property will be impacted but that it is close enough to I-664 where information is needed.

This documented data will help inform the future study, including the identification of impacts of the alternative concepts presented in Feb. 2021.

Thank you to everyone who shared feedback in the Citizen Comment Opportunity through March 25, 2021 regarding the concepts. Comments shared via the online survey and in writing will become a part of the public record. 


Information Gathered Prior to 2021

 

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