Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
June 24, 2016
ROUTE 460 PROJECT SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA FINAL SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Highway Administration have issued a Notice of Availability
RICHMOND – The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have issued a Notice of Availability of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Route 460 Project Southeast Virginia. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following the Notice of Availability, published on June 24, 2016. After the close of the comment period and consideration of any comments received, a permit decision from USACE is anticipated.
Following the issuance of a Draft SEIS in September 2014, the Final SEIS is the next step in the environmental review process, under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and provides decision-makers with information about the Project to help them decide whether or not to advance it. Comments received during the public comment period on the Draft SEIS have been considered and addressed in the Final SEIS. The Final SEIS provides a detailed description of the development and identification of the FHWA/VDOT Preferred Alternative, which was first presented during VDOT’s May 2015 public meetings.
If a favorable permit decision from USACE is received, the Project will also be scored under SMART SCALE: Funding the Right Transportation Projects in Virginia (formerly, Virginia House Bill 2). In addition, a Record of Decision on the Final SEIS must be received from FHWA. Once the necessary environmental decisions have been made and the Project is scored, the Commonwealth Transportation Board will decide whether or not to advance the Project.
A printed version of the Final SEIS may be viewed during business hours at the following locations:
Prince George County
Hampton Roads District:
Petersburg Residency (Prince George)
Williamsburg Residency (Surry)
Franklin Residency (Isle of Wight, Southampton, Sussex)
The overall purpose of the Route 460 improvements is to construct a facility that is consistent with the functional classification of the corridor, sufficiently address safety, mobility and evacuation needs, and adequately accommodate freight traffic along the Route 460 corridor. Support for such improvements is based on identified needs to address roadway deficiencies, improve safety, accommodate increasing freight traffic, reduce travel delay, provide adequate evacuation capability, improve strategic military connectivity, and support local economic development plans.
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