I-81 PPTA Proposals
NOTE: Negotiations are still under way toward a comprehensive agreement. This action in no way preempts the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970 (NEPA), which requires the evaluation of reasonable alternatives, as well as an analysis of potential social, environmental and economic impacts. NEPA serves as a basis for making informed decisions before proceeding with any construction.
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Negotiations are proceeding under a Virginia purchasing law called the Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA) of 1995, which allows private entities to enter into agreements to construct, improve, maintain and operate transportation facilities. (For more information, see the PPTA Guidelines (PDF).)
Under the PPTA law, the Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner may decide whether to do business with a particular firm following a multi-level review of a proposal from that firm. STAR Solutions’ proposal is based on the concept of separating cars and trucks on I-81. Information, maps and pictures presented by STAR Solutions are ideas only and may not reflect exactly what could be built along I-81.
Selection of STAR Solutions does not mean that VDOT has decided to build separate lanes for trucks along I-81. In fact, no final decisions have been made about how I-81 may look and function in the future in Virginia. Negotiations continue with STAR as a potential business partner. The current negotiations do not include road design. If major improvements are decided on for I-81, the environmental study will provide the basis for selecting a design.
Negotiations continue with STAR as a potential business partner. The current negotiations do not include road design. If major improvements are decided on for I-81, the environmental study will provide the basis for selecting a design.
The decision to negotiate with STAR Solutions does not preempt the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970, requiring the evaluation of reasonable alternatives, as well as an analysis of potential social, environmental and economic impacts. NEPA serves as a basis for making informed decisions prior to proceeding with any construction activities.
In January 2004, VDOT launched its I-81 Corridor Improvement Study, under the auspices of NEPA. This study will provide much factual information about the problems along I-81 and help determine what can be built.
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Advisory Panel Members
Advisory Panel Meetings:
- I-81 PPTA Advisory Recommendation Letter - (1.1 MB) Individual panel member recommendation memos - (595 KB)
- Solicited Request for Conceptual Proposals (Appendix A) - (3.8 MB)
- Resolution of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (Appendix B) - (417 KB)
- List of the Panel Advisory Committee Members (Appendix C) - (169 KB)
- Meeting Minutes of the Advisory Panel Meetings (Appendix D) - (879 KB)
- Proposals (Appendix E) - (364 KB)
- Summary of from Local Government Comments (Appendix F) - (512 KB)
- VDOT Financial Evaluation of Proposals (Appendix G) - (2.2 MB)
- VDOT Engineering of Proposals (Appendix H) - (4.2 MB)
- DRPT Summary of I-81 Marketing Rail Diversion Report (Appendix I) - (818 KB)
- DRPT Summary of Toll Impact Analysis (Appendix J) - (1.6MB)
- 2001 Secretary of Transportation Rail Diversion Report (Appendix K) - (6.5 KB)
- 2000 I-81 Safety Task Force Report (Appendix L) - (5.2 MB)
- FHWA Letters on Interstate Tolling (Appendix M) - (728 KB)
- FHWA/VDOT Environmental Streamlining Agreement (Appendix N) - (502 KB)