Jason Bond 540-387-5493
June 17, 2011
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD VOTES TO PURSUE HENRY COUNTY ALTERNATIVE ALIGNMENT FOR INTERSTATE 73 IN HENRY COUNTY
SALEM — On Wednesday, June 15, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) passed a resolution to pursue shifting the alignment of Interstate 73 in Henry County from the approved location corridor to the Henry County Alternative. The alignment extends approximately 21 miles from Route 890/108 to Route 87 and would move Interstate 73 to the west, closer to the City of Martinsville.
In November 2007, the Henry County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution asking the CTB
and VDOT to “… re-open their consideration of a route for Interstate 73, and to incorporate the proposed Patriot Centre connector road and better access from the Martinsville Speedway and the Martinsville Industrial Park as part of that re-evaluation.”
On Dec. 17, 2009 the CTB passed a resolution directing VDOT to work with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to conduct the required public involvement and conduct the necessary studies to consider shifting the location of the alignment of I-73 in Henry County. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) in spring 2011. The EA describes the potential impacts to determine if the changes will result in significant environmental impacts that were not evaluated in the Environmental Impact Statement.
FHWA will have final approval authority over the shift and the EA.
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