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Hampton Roads Crossing Study SEIS Available for Public Review and Comment

The Hampton Roads Crossing Study (HRCS) Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is available for public review and comment. The document and supporting technical reports can be reviewed and downloaded here. The Draft SEIS also is available for hard copy review at the VDOT Hampton Roads District Office and 7 local libraries. Find more information on these locations here. The 45-day public comment period runs until September 19. Additional information on how to comment is available here. As part of the public review period, VDOT will host two Location Public Hearings on September 7 and 8. The meetings will be held in open house style with no formal presentations. VDOT staff will be on hand to discuss the findings of the study and answer any questions. The meeting locations, dates, and times are as follows:

September 7, 2016

Hampton Roads Convention Center

1610 Coliseum Drive

Hampton, VA 23666

5pm-7pm

Rain Date: September 14, 2016

 

September 8, 2016

Quality Suites (Lake Wright)

6280 Northampton Boulevard

Norfolk, VA  23502

5pm-7pm

Rain Date: September 15, 2016

 

About the Study

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Federal Highway Administration and other stakeholders have initiated work on a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to reevaluate the Hampton Roads Crossing Study. 

The study was originally documented in a Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision, both issued in 2001. 

The SEIS will re-examine the three alternatives that were retained for analysis in the original study, as well as an additional alternative identified during initial public outreach. Illustrations and descriptions of the alternatives are available here .

All alternatives will include a transit component. In some cases, this will include dedicated lanes and in other cases the SEIS will prescribe means by which transit could be incorporated into other lanes on each facility. 

Each alternative also will be presented in sections in the SEIS to allow for new or hybrid alternatives to be identified through the study process. 

In addition to examining the alternatives, the study also will include updated information on natural, historic and social resources and consider up-to-date engineering and scientific standards.

Schedule Milestones

  • August 2016 - Draft SEIS available for 45-day public comment period        
  • September 2016 – Location Public Hearings
  • October 2016 – Brief Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on the study
  • November 2016 – Seek CTB decision
  • Spring/Summer 2017 – Final SEIS available for public review
  • Summer 2017 – Request first Record of Decision for the study

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What led to the original Hampton Roads Crossing Study (HRCS)

In 1991, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) allocated demonstration funds for “… highway projects demonstrating innovative techniques of highway construction and finance.” 

The Interstate 64 (I-64) crossing of Hampton Roads was included as one of the innovative projects. 

As was required at the time, a Major Investment Study (MIS) of the I-64 crossing was completed and published in 1997. 

The MIS documented an initial review of alternatives to reduce congestion at the I-64 crossing. 

Following the publication of the MIS, the HRCS Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was published in 1999. 

The HRCS Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was published in 2001, documenting the preferred alternative. 

The Federal Highway Administration issued a Record of Decision (ROD) that same year, completing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.

2. What is the HRCS Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS)?

The SEIS is a re-evaluation of the 2001 FEIS and ROD.  

The 2012 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) DEIS and 2013 Environmental Assessment partial re-evaluation of the HRCS also will be used to inform the HRCS SEIS.  

These studies were prepared in accordance with NEPA and related laws and regulations. 

This SEIS will revisit and revise the assumptions and data used in the previous studies. The re-evaluation will be based on newly collected data and modern methodologies and techniques.  

The study will include updated information on natural, historic and social resources and consider up-to-date engineering and scientific standards. 

The information made available to the public and decision makers through this study will supplement the previous documentation and provide a current basis for a decision.  

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