RICHMOND-The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) formally approved Alternative A in the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) as the preferred alternative. Alternative A calls for the expansion of the existing I-64/Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to a consistent six-lane facility from I-664 in Hampton to I-564 in Norfolk. The expansion includes a new bridge-tunnel at the existing HRBT. Improvements would be largely confined to the existing right of way.
Public reviews of proposed alignments were held in July 2015, December 2015, and September 2016. Based on the Draft SEIS and public comments, Alternative A was advanced to the CTB for approval as the location for the project.
Alternative A (as identified in the Draft SEIS) received unanimous support from the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) and Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) on October 20, 2016. The federal Cooperating Agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, also had no objections to the alternative.
Alternative A will increase capacity in the existing corridor, increase regional accessibility, improve emergency evacuation capability and military connectivity, reduce congestion and increase access from the Port of Virginia to the interstate system.
Alternative A also has the least number of wetland impacts of any of the build alternatives retained in the SEIS.
The alternative is expected to cost an estimated $3.3 billion and the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Long Range Transportation Plan currently includes $4.8 billion for the project.
The CTB also authorized VDOT to continue working with other parties to advance separate studies to identify appropriate access points around Craney Island.
Today’s action by the CTB also rescinds the prior location decision for a preferred alternative (I-64 Hampton Roads Third Crossing) that was made on July 20, 2000.
The CTB’s vote allows VDOT to proceed with documenting the preferred alternative and responding to public comments in a Final SEIS. The Final SEIS will include commitments to avoid any permanent property impacts at Hampton University. VDOT anticipates a Final SEIS being published in the summer of 2017. Following publication of the Final SEIS, VDOT can request a Record of Decision (ROD) from FHWA. The ROD will allow VDOT to advance with more detailed designs. VDOT anticipates requesting and receiving a ROD in the summer of 2017 on Alternative A.
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