Harrisonburg Connector Study
Alternatives to be studied in the Draft EIS range from doing nothing at all (No-Build Alternative) to major construction, including reconstruction of existing roads or road alignments on new location. A number of conceptual alternatives have been developed, all of which are subject to revision, adjustment, or elimination as the study progresses. Considerations in developing conceptual alternatives include the following:
- Alternatives should represent solutions to identified needs.
- Engineering constraints (primarily topography at this stage of study) should be taken into account.
- Adverse effects on protected and sensitive human and natural resources should be avoided or minimized to the extent possible.
- A range of reasonable alternatives must be identified, recognizing that some may meet the identified needs better than others and that some may have environmental consequences or community impacts that are worse than others.
- Citizen recommendations will be an important factor in deciding which alternatives to carry forward for detailed study in the Environmental Impact Statement.
Conceptual alignments at this stage of the study are represented as 500-foot-wide corridors. This does not mean that the right of way needed to construct any of the alternatives would be 500 feet wide. It simply means that at this stage of alignment development, the specific features of the alternatives have not been developed and some flexibility is needed to allow for shifts and adjustments. Much additional work will be needed to refine any alternatives carried forward for further study.