Learn more FAQs Stay Informed

Hampton Roads Crossing Study SEIS Public Comment Period Complete

The Hampton Roads Crossing Study (HRCS) Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) was made available for a 45-day public comment period that concluded on September 19, 2016. As part of the public review, VDOT hosted two Location Public Hearings on September 7 and 8. The meetings were held in open house style with no formal presentations. Materials presented at these meetings are available here and the mapping is included in Appendix B of the Draft SEIS.While the public comment period is complete, the SEIS and supporting technical reports can still be reviewed and downloaded here. Moving forward, VDOT and FHWA will begin reviewing comments received on the Draft SEIS. Responses to substantive comments will be included in the Final SEIS. It is anticipated that the Commonwealth Transportation Board will take action to identify a preferred alternative in December 2016. This preferred alternative will also be documented in the Final SEIS. 


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
  • December 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.  

More answers to FAQs >

Project Update

December 9, 10 Information Meetings  

Information meetings were held on Dec. 9 and 10, 2015. VDOT representatives were  available to discuss the study and answer questions.

Project Updates

HRCS Update - September

The 45-day public comment period on the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (HRCS SEIS) concluded on September 19, 2016. While the comment period has closed, the Draft SEIS, supporting technical documents , and meeting materials from the Location Public Hearings are still available for review on the study web site. VDOT and FHWA will review the comments received on the Draft SEIS and provide responses to substantive comments in the Final SEIS scheduled to be released in the spring/summer of 2017.

Read article

View all news project updates