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Martinsville Southern Connector Study

Project at a Glance
Begin Date
February 2018

Est Completion Date
Early 2021

Preliminary Engineering (NEPA)



Angel Aymond
Media: Shannon Marshall

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) initiated the Martinsville Southern Connector Study/Route 220 Environmental Impact Statement in February 2018 to evaluate potential alternatives for improving U.S. Route 220 from the North Carolina state line to William F. Stone Highway (U.S. Route 58/U.S. Route 220 Bypass).

The Martinsville Southern Connector Study analyzes the possible social, economic, and environmental impacts that could result from the potential alternatives in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), a document that is required as part of the National Environmental Policy Act.

This is a separate study from the EIS that was prepared for the Interstate 73 (I-73) corridor which included portions of Henry County. The two studies have different termini and distinct Purpose and Need statements that identify different issues to be addressed. Should any future transportation improvements from the Martinsville Southern Connector Study be implemented, they could be considered for incorporation into I-73.This would require a separate evaluation and analysis of I-73.

Final Environmental Impact Statement - Published October 1, 2021

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On October 1, 2021, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) signed and approved for public availability in the Federal Register the Martinsville Southern Connector Study Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 

Final EIS Appendices
Appendix A: Coordination Plan
Appendix B: Agency Correspondence
Appendix C: List of Technical Reports
Appendix D: Joint Permit Application
Appendix E: Summary of Comments and Responses
Appendix F: Section 106 Programmatic Agreement

Technical Reports

Draft Environmental Impact Statement - Published March 6, 2020

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On March 6, 2020, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) signed and approved for public availability in the Federal Register the Martinsville Southern Connector Study Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Public Hearing on the Draft EIS, originally scheduled for March 26, 2020, was rescheduled and held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The public comment period on the Draft EIS was open through September 11, 2020.

Technical Reports

Study Updates and Newsletters

2020 (Please note newsletters transitioned from monthly to bi-monthly beginning March 2020)

NovemberSeptember | July | MayMarch | February | January

March 2020

Draft EIS Available
Public Hearing on the Draft EIS Postponed
Comment Period on the Draft EIS Extended

July 2020 - Public Hearing on the Draft EIS Scheduled


August | July | June | May | April | March | February | January

December 2019 Study Update

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Previous Public Meetings

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