Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Aug. 7, 2012

Location public hearing scheduled for changes to two proposed sections of Coalfields Expressway

BRISTOL - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold two identical location public hearings this month to show proposed changes to two sections of the Coalfields Expressway; Section I, located from existing Route 23 to Route 83 east of Pound is Wise County, and Section II, located from Section I to the proposed Route 460 Connector – Phase II in Buchanan County.

The public hearings will be held Monday, August 13 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Central High School, 716 Birchfield Road, Wise, and Tuesday, August 14 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Russell Prater Elementary School, 8433 Lovers Gap Road, Vansant. 

The purpose of the meeting is to give citizens an opportunity to review proposed changes by VDOT’s Public Private Transportation Act partners to Sections I and II from the original Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) completed in 2001.  The changes to both sections are within the study area from the original FEIS.

Coalfields Expressway – U.S. Route 121 – is a proposed four-lane limited access highway stretching from Pound in Wise County through Dickenson and Buchanan counties to the West Virginia line.

VDOT encourages all interested citizens to attend one of the public hearings. To give citizens more flexibility in their participation, there will be no formal presentations. Instead, citizens will be able to review maps, drawings and other materials explaining the proposed project and discuss the plans with VDOT representatives at their convenience anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Also, citizens will have an opportunity to record verbal comments for the official record anytime during the meeting. Written comments will be accepted during the meeting or may be submitted to VDOT by August 24.

Maps and other materials pertaining to the project are available for review at the VDOT Bristol District Office, 870 Bonham Road, Bristol, Virginia.  For additional information, or if you require special assistance to participate in the meeting, please call the VDOT District Office at (276) 669-6151 or device for hearing impaired (TTY) at 711.                         


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