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 VDOT to advance with more detailed procurement and design activities.
About the Study
In June 2015, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Federal Highway Administration 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 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.
- 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
- May 5, 2017 - Notice of Availability (NOA) published in Federal Register
- June 12, 2017 – FHWA issues Record of Decision