Martinsville Southern Connector Study
A citizen information meeting was held January 23, 2019 at Drewry Mason Elementary from 6-8:00 p.m.
The meeting introduced the Purpose and Need Statement (which sets the goals for the study) and the alignment options under consideration.
The public comment period closed on February 2, 2019. There will be additional public comment opportunities later in 2019 and early in 2020.
In February 2018, VDOT started a study, called an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), to evaluate potential transportation improvements along the U.S. Route 220 corridor between the U.S. Route 58/220 Bypass and the North Carolina state line.
The Martinsville Connector Study is a first step toward identifying future improvements to the Route 220 corridor within its study limits. It is a separate analysis than the EIS for the I-73 corridor that was completed in November 2006.
The EIS will study the possible impacts to social, economic and natural environmental resources.
VDOT is conducting the study in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration and will be engaging other state and federal agencies throughout its development.
The Coordination Plan (updated May 10, 2018) is a required document that outlines how cooperating agencies, participating agencies, and the public will be informed of and involved in the study. Additional public or agency coordination may occur outside of the Coordination Plan and the study schedule will be adjusted accordingly.
News and Updates
Multiple opportunities for public feedback and involvement in the development of the study will be provided.
- Environmental impact study kickoff with notice in Federal Register – Feb. 2018
- Public EIS scoping meetings – May 2018
- Draft EIS – Late 2019
- Draft EIS public hearings – Early 2020
- Final EIS – Early 2021
- Federal Highway Administration Record of Decision – To be determined