Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements StudyCities of Chesapeake and Suffolk
EIS Begin Date: August 2020 / EA Begin Date: February 2018
Est Completion Date
EIS Completion Date: Summer 2023 / EA Completion Date: April 2019
Chesapeake and Suffolk
Spring 2021 Update
The Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study area includes a confluence of I-664, I-64, I-264, U.S. Route 460, U.S. Route 58, U.S. Route 13 and Jolliff Road (VA Route 191) in the cities of Chesapeake and Suffolk.
The study will help identify potential short-term and long-term operational improvements and study boundary limits will be informed by scoping and refined through the course of the study. While the study will result in the selection of a specific improvement and impact estimates, those impacts are only estimates and final impacts would not be known until the project advances beyond the current study phase to more detailed design. Using input gathered from the online survey and field data collected in 2020, VDOT developed the preliminary Purpose and Need to present to concurring, cooperating and participating agencies and has developed a range of concepts that potentially address those needs.
Thank you to everyone who shared feedback in the Citizen Comment Opportunity through March 25 regarding the concepts. Comments shared via the online survey and in writing will become a part of the public record. The summary of information collected through this work will be used to inform the environmental impact statement and supporting technical documents, which are anticipated to be issued in the second quarter of 2022. In May 2021, the Federal Highway Administration is anticipated to issue the Notice of Intent and information will be shared with the public and comments will be received. The public will have another opportunity to provide comments when VDOT recommends its preferred alternative in the first quarter of 2022.
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Information Gathered in 2021
- Bowers Hill March 2021 Citizen Comment Opportunity Video
- Bowers Hill March 2021 Citizen Comment Opportunity Boards
- Bowers Hill March 2021 Citizen Comment Opportunity FAQs
- Bowers Hill March 2021 Citizen Comment Opportunity Brochure English
- Bowers Hill March 2021 Citizen Comment Opportunity Brochure Spanish
- Bowers Hill March 2021 Citizen Comment Opportunity Printable Comment Form
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), initiated the environmental review process for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate potential transportation improvements at the Bowers Hill interchange in 2018.
Following issuance of the EA, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), in consultation with HRTAC, VDOT, and FHWA, expanded the Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements study area to include a larger study area into Suffolk, including approximately seven additional miles north along Interstate (I-) 664 to College Drive. Considerations also include how the study area would interact with Express Lanes that are planned for portions of I-64 east of the study area.
In July 2020, residents in the expanded Bowers Hill study area received a letter from VDOT informing them field work was underway to assess wetlands, streams, threatened and endangered species, wildlife and habitat, historic properties, community facilities, and other resources. Receiving a letter did not mean the property will be impacted but that it is close enough to I-664 where information is needed.
This documented data will help inform the future study, including the identification of impacts of the alternative concepts presented in Feb. 2021.
Information Gathered Prior to 2021
- Bowers Hill Sept. 2020 Video
- Bowers Hill Sept. 2020 Brochure
- Bowers Hill Sept. 2020 FAQ
- Bowers Hill Sept. 2020 Information Boards
- Bowers Hill 2018 Virtual Presentation/Citizen Information Meeting
- Bowers Hill 2018 Citizen Information Meeting Materials/Public Comment Opportunity
- Bowers Hill May 10-June 9, 2018 Virtual Scoping Meeting
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