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Heidi Underwood 540-387-5493
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Feb. 24, 2011



VDOT SEEKS CITIZEN INPUT ON ALTERNATIVE ALIGNMENT FOR INTERSTATE 73 IN HENRY COUNTY

SALEM—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a public hearing to provide citizens an opportunity to review the results of an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes an alternative route for the I-73 corridor through Henry County.  The alignment extends approximately 21 miles from Route 890/108 to Route 87. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Laurel Park Middle School located at 280 Laurel Park Avenue in Martinsville.  

On Dec. 17, 2009 the Commonwealth Transportation Board (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 EA will be available at the hearing and describes the potential impacts to determine if the changes will result in significant environmental impacts that were not evaluated in the Environmental Impact Statement.

The EA and comments received at the hearing will be provided to the CTB for consideration in their decision whether to approve a modification of the alignment.  If the CTB approves the shift, FHWA will have final approval authority over the shift and the EA.  

This hearing is being held to provide an opportunity for citizens or organizations to give VDOT input on the Environmental Assessment.  VDOT representatives will be present to answer questions. The EA also can be viewed online on the I-73 project page at: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/I73/i73overview.asp.

Written comments about the proposed I-73 Henry County Alternative may be submitted at the hearing or until Friday, April 8, 2011 by mail to Mrs. Angel Deem, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 1221 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219.  You may also e-mail your comments to angel.deem@vdot.virginia.gov. Please reference “I-73 Henry County Alternative Public Comment” in the subject heading.

Anyone requiring special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting may contact VDOT’s Civil Rights Division at 1-800-367-7623 or TTY/TDD 711.

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