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Route 121 (Coalfields Expressway) Location Study: Environmental Section IIIB

Project at a Glance


Mandy Cox

Location Study Process

In September 2001, VDOT in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), selected an alignment for the Route 121 (Coalfields Expressway) and completed a final Environmental Impact Statement.  FHWA issued a Record of Decision for the route in November 2001.

Since that time, VDOT's Public-Private Partners have modified the selected alternative for environmental section IIIB.  A location public hearing for Route 121 environmental section IIIB was held in September 2014 in Buchanan County (Location public hearing documents are attached below). 

In February 2015, Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board passed a resolution approving the alignment shift of 4.1-miles of the Route 121 (Coalfields Expressway) that overlaps with a section of Corridor Q/US Route 460. The alignment shift results in a modified roadway that is shorter than the previously approved alignment and provides for a connector to existing Route 460 in Grundy.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board only took action on the portion of environmental section IIIB that overlaps with US Route 460.  The location of the remainder of environmental section IIIB remains as approved in 2000. 

View the entire news release regarding the partial alignment shift here.

September 2014: Location Public Hearing Documents

Environmental Studies Document (final version)

Location Public Hearing Advertisement

Aerial Display Board 1 (5 MB)

Aerial Display Board 2 (5 MB)


Public Hearing Displays

Comment sheet    

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