Route 460 Location Study
Conceptual Alternatives February 2004
Conceptual Alternatives – What are the possible solutions?
(Note: The Conceptual Alternatives have been further analyzed and narrowed to a few “Candidate Build Alternatives.” Please visit the alternatives under consideration to read about the study’s progress.)
The following solutions were presented to interested stakeholders during public meetings held in February 2004. The map in this section illustrates possible solutions to the project needs, called conceptual alternatives. The alternatives to be studied in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) range from major improvements (Build Alternatives) to doing nothing beyond what has already been planned and budgeted (No-Build Alternative). To help understand the alternatives, please download and view the Map of Alternatives that follows.
Options could include:
- Building a highway on new location. Several possible alignments are depicted on the map (Alternatives A, C, D and E). Access points to the new highway would be provided at major roadways within the study area. See the map for the locations of the potential access points.
- Making major improvements to existing Route 460 (Alternative B on the map). A range of improvement options are being considered, such as dividing the travel lanes, controlling access (reducing or removing driveways that intersect Route 460), and providing bypasses around the existing towns.
- Including Transportation Systems Management (TSM) alternatives (not depicted on the map). This involves very basic upgrades to the current Route 460 with little or no land acquisition. Such upgrades would include adding turn lanes at critical intersections, adding traffic signals, or adjusting signal timing to improve traffic flow. Adding additional travel lanes, grade-separated interchanges, or drainage systems are not included in this alternative.
- Adding mass transit along the Route 460 corridor. This could be anything from express bus to a commuter rail services.
- No-Build, or making no additional changes beyond the minor
improvements already planned for Route 460 as part of the Virginia
Department of Transportation’s Six-Year Plan. These planned improvements
- Suffolk - Arterial signal system - Kings Fork Rd to west corporate limits
- Sussex - Dual left turn lanes on VA 604
- Prince George - Left turn lane signal modification on Prince George Drive (VA 156)
- Prince George - Left turn lane signal modification on Quaker Rd (VA 629)