Route 460 Location Study
BackgroundThe Route 460 Corridor was part of the national “TransAmerica Corridor” designated by Federal transportation legislation in 1991. In the late 1990’s Virginia and West Virginia collaborated on a feasibility study investigating transportation improvements between Beckley , West Virginia and Virginia Beach Virginia. This current location study is the next step in the identification and evaluation of potential improvements to our area’s segment of Route 460. Improvements to the corridor are included in the Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plans for both the Tri-Cities and Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Additionally, this study is included in the Commonwealth’s Six-Year Transportation Plan.
Current Study Description
VDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is conducting a three-year study to consider future improvements to Route 460 between Interstate 295 in Prince George County and the Suffolk Bypass ( US 58) in Suffolk . The study will examine transportation problems such as road capacity, mobility and access, and potential solutions in the study area. Through the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process, the study team, using input from the public and from various agencies, will work to identify several improvement alternatives, as well as the impacts of these alternatives.
This Location Study will result in the following information and decision milestones:
- Identification of alternatives
- An engineering assessment of alternatives
- Documentation of environmental impacts
- Selection of an alternative by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB)
- Completion of the NEPA process (described in the following discussions)
Purpose and Need for the Route 460 Location StudyDuring the study process, the purpose and need for the project is developed and documented as part of an interim report called the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The purpose and need identifies the transportation problems the study should address and serves as a basis for developing and screening solutions to those problems. Alternatives that do not meet the purpose and need do not proceed to the next phase/step. The purpose and need document is updated throughout the study. Key elements include:
roadway deficiencies: Route 460 has design and operational
deficiencies that cause safety and mobility problems.
2. Improve safety: Crash rates (pdf) for Route 460 are higher than other similar roadways in Virginia .
3. Accommodate increasing freight shipments: Truck usage percentages for Route 460 are significantly higher than national averages for similar rural roads. Truck traffic is forecasted to grow due to expansions at the Port of Virginia .
4. Reduce travel delay: Future traffic volumes will result in increased travel delays on Route 460 due to capacity limitations at traffic signals and the lack of access control.
5. Provide adequate hurricane evacuation capability: Route 460 is a designated hurricane evacuation route for Hampton Roads communities.
6. Assure strategic military importance: Route 460 is part of the Strategic Highway Network (STRAHNET) designated by the Department of Defense and the Federal Highway Administration.
7. Meet legislative mandate: Federal legislation, as well as the Virginia Transportation Act of 2000 identified the roadway as a high priority corridor for improvement.
8. Meet local economic development plans: Localities within the Route 460 study area have identified the need for transportation improvements to meet their economic development objectives.
- Commonwealth’s Six-Year Transportation Plan
Locations for Route 460 (pdf)
- Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Richmond/Hampton Roads Passenger Rail Study
- Strategic Highway Network
- TransAmerica Corridor Study
- Tri-Cities Metropolitan Planning Organization