Susan Clizbe 757-932-4483
Sept. 22, 2014
VDOT, FHWA & U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SIGN ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS ON ROUTE 460 PROJECT IN SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA
Public hearings to be held in October, official comment period starts today
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have signed the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on the Route 460 Corridor Improvements Project in Southeastern Virginia.
The Draft SEIS evaluates potential social, economic and environmental impacts of five alternatives to improve transportation on the U.S. Route 460 corridor, stretching 55-miles from Suffolk to Petersburg.
The purpose of the project is to improve transportation and safety, provide a faster hurricane evacuation route, enhance movement for trucks coming from the Port of Virginia, improve connectivity for the military and create job and economic opportunities on the corridor.
The Draft SEIS evaluated the following five alternatives as well as a no-build alternative.
- Alternative 1: A four-lane divided road that runs south of the existing U.S. Route 460 and could be tolled.
- Alternative 2: A four-lane divided road that runs along the existing U.S. Route 460, with six bypasses around the existing towns. The bypasses could be tolled or not tolled.
- Alternative 3: A four-lane divided road that runs north of the existing U.S. Route 460 and could be tolled.
- Alternative 4: A four-lane road along the existing U.S. Route 460 with improvements to meet standards for medians, shoulders and intersections.
- Alternative 5: An eight-lane road along the existing corridor with an expressway in the center, bypasses at the towns, and local access roadway to the outside. The expressway could be tolled or not tolled.
Public hearings on the Draft SEIS will be held at the following locations:
- Monday October 27, 5-8 p.m., Windsor High School, Windsor
- Wednesday October 29, 5-8 p.m., The Wakefield Foundation, Wakefield
- Thursday October 30, 5-8 p.m., J.E.J. Moore Middle School, Disputanta
Public comments can be submitted at the hearings, or by mail or email.
- Mail: Angel Deem, Environmental Division, 1401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219
- Email: Route460SEIS@VDOT.Virginia.gov
- Online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/460SEIS
- PDF: http://www.route460project.org/documents/US_Route_460_Comment_Sheet.pdf
Public comments will be taken through Nov. 17, 2014
- A decision on a preferred alternative is anticipated by early 2015.
- Work on the Final SEIS will begin and include documentation of the preferred alternative and responses to comments received on the Draft SEIS.
- The Final SEIS would be published followed by FHWA’s issuance of a Record of Decision on the location of the preferred alternative and USACE’s issuance of a permit decision.
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