RELEASE:

CONTACT:
IMMEDIATE

Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Tamara.Rollison@vdot.virginia.gov

CO-102444

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.

The Final SEIS may be viewed at the following link: http://www.route460project.org/learn_more/seis_final_docs.asp. A printed version of the Final SEIS may be viewed during business hours at the following locations:

 

Public Libraries:

Isle of Wight
Windsor Branch - Blackwater Regional Library
18 Duke Street,  
Windsor, VA 23487
757-242-3046

Sussex County
Wakefield Branch - Blackwater Regional Library
100 Wilson Avenue
Wakefield, VA 23888
757-899-6500

Southampton County  
The Walter Cecil Rawls Library
22511 Main Street Courtland, VA 23837  
757-653-2821

Surry County
Surry Branch - Blackwater Regional Library
270 Colonial Trail East  
Surry, VA 23883
757-294-3949

Prince George County
Prince George County Library
6605 Courts Drive
Prince George, VA 23875
804-458-6329

 

VDOT Offices:

Hampton Roads District:
1700 North Main Street
Suffolk, VA 23434
757-925-2500

Petersburg Residency (Prince George)
4608 Boydton Plank Road
Petersburg, VA 23803
800-367-7623

Williamsburg Residency (Surry)
4451 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
800-367-7623

Richmond District
2430 Pine Forest Drive
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
804-524-6000

Franklin Residency (Isle of Wight, Southampton, Sussex)
23116 Meherrin Road
Courtland, VA  23837
800-367-7623

 

Project Background: 

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.

Online resources:

Route 460 Project Southeast Virginia Website: www.Route460Project.org

Final SEIS: http://www.route460project.org/learn_more/seis_final_docs.asp

Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/24/2016-15008/environmental-impact-statements-notice-of-availability



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