Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements StudyCities of Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk
EIS Begin Date: August 2020 / EA Begin Date: February 2018
Est Completion Date
EIS Completion Date: Fall 2023 / EA Completion Date: April 2019
Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk
Hampton Roads Public Affairs
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. Public materials developed for the public hearing are saved at www.vdotmeeting.com/bowershill. VDOT accepted public comments on the recommended preferred alternative from March 25, 2022 through May 7, 2022. All comments received will be included in the project record.
VDOT continues to review the public comments received this spring and will present these comments first to the federal, state and local agencies involved in the study, and then to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB). Once the CTB has formally identified the Preferred Alternative, VDOT will work with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to finalize the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which is anticipated to be available for public review in fall 2022. Once the Draft EIS is issued, VDOT will hold another public hearing and the public will be invited to provide input.
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In May 2022, VDOT presented the Recommended Preferred Alternative first to the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) Transportation Technical Advisory Committee on May 4, and then to the HRTPO Policy Board on May 19, where HRTPO endorsed VDOT’s Recommended Preferred Alternative.
In April 2022, the Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study public hearings were held virtually April 26 at 5:30 p.m., and in-person April 27 from 5-7 p.m. at the Hampton Roads District office in Suffolk. The comment period remained open through May 7 and feedback shared via the online survey and in writing became part of the public record.
In February 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 on February 18. The NOI included 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
- Bowers Hill March 2021 Citizen Comment Opportunity Video
- Bowers Hill March 2021 Citizen Comment Opportunity Boards
- Bowers Hill March 2021 Citizen Comment Opportunity FAQs
- Bowers Hill March 2021 Citizen Comment Opportunity Brochure English
- Bowers Hill March 2021 Citizen Comment Opportunity Brochure Spanish
- Bowers Hill March 2021 Citizen Comment Opportunity Printable Comment Form
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 (exit 8A). Considerations also included 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 helped inform the future study, including the identification of impacts of the alternative concepts presented in Feb. 2021. Feedback was shared in a Citizen Comment Opportunity through March 25, 2021 regarding the concepts and the comments shared via the online survey and in writing became part of the public record.
Information Gathered Prior to 2021
- Bowers Hill Sept. 2020 Video
- Bowers Hill Sept. 2020 Brochure
- Bowers Hill Sept. 2020 FAQ
- Bowers Hill Sept. 2020 Information Boards
- Bowers Hill 2018 Virtual Presentation/Citizen Information Meeting
- Bowers Hill 2018 Citizen Information Meeting Materials/Public Comment Opportunity
- Bowers Hill May 10-June 9, 2018 Virtual Scoping Meeting
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