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FHWA Issues Record of Decision for the Hampton Roads Crossing Study

On June 12, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Hampton Roads Crossing Study (HRCS).

The ROD represents the federal agency's decision under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and re-affirms commitments made in the Final SEIS

The ROD completes the NEPA process and allows the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to advance with more detailed procurement and design activities.

About the Study

In June 2015, VDOT, the FHWA and other stakeholders 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 re-examined the three alternatives that were retained for analysis in the original study, as well as an additional alternative.

The SEIS also provided the option for new or “hybrid” alternatives to be identified as the study progressed. Illustrations and descriptions of the alternatives are included in Chapter 2 of the Draft and Final SEIS.

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

Following a public review of the Draft SEIS, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) identified a preferred alternative in December 2016. 

On May 5, 2017, FHWA issued a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register announcing the publication of the final SEIS.

The final SEIS documented the preferred alternative, incorporated additional analyses, and included responses to substantive public comments received on the draft SEIS. Following a required 30-day review period on the final SEIS, VDOT requested a Record of Decision (ROD) from FHWA.

On June 12, 2017, FHWA issued a ROD, completing the NEPA process.

Schedule Milestones

  • August 2016 - Draft SEIS available for 45-day public comment period       
  • September 2016 – Location public hearings
  • October 2016 – Brief CTB on the study
  • December 2016 – Seek CTB decision
  • Spring / Summer 2017 – Final SEIS available for public review
  • May 5, 2017 -  Notice of Availability (NOA) published in Federal Register
  • June 12, 2017 – FHWA issues Record of Decision

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 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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FHWA Issues Record of Decision for the Hampton Roads Crossing Study

On June 12, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Hampton Roads Crossing Study (HRCS) which concludes the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for the study. The ROD selects the Preferred Alternative (Alternative A) for the study, which expands I-64/Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to a consistent six-lane facility from I-664 in Hampton to I-564 in Norfolk. The expansion includes a new bridge-tunnel at the existing HRBT.

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