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VDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 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 (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD), both issued in 2001. The study will re-examine the three alternatives that were retained for analysis in the original study, as well as other alternatives that may be identified during the initial scoping 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. Following these Citizen Information Meetings, VDOT and FHWA will refine the purpose and need and identify the appropriate range of alternatives to be retained for analysis in the SEIS. The public will have additional opportunities to participate in this process as it advances.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Hampton Roads Crossing SEIS?

The study is similar to the previous Hampton Roads Crossing Study that was documented in a 2001 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) and the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Location Study that was documented in a 2012 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. All of these studies complied with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related laws and regulations. This Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) will revisit and revise the assumptions and data used in the 2001 study. Since the 2001 study, more information has been collected about the study area, methodologies used to complete NEPA studies have been improved, and more data is available. Therefore, the information made available to the public and decision makers through this study will exceed the 2001 documentation and provide a more informed decision making tool.

Will the Study look at building all the proposed crossings?

The SEIS will revisit the alternatives retained for analysis in the 2001 study. While a preferred alternative was identified through that study, it will be evaluated alongside the other alternatives to determine if it should still be the preferred alternative. There also is the potential for additional alternatives to be introduced through the process or for the previous alternatives (listed below) to be modified. For example, FWHA and VDOT acknowledge that the HamptonRoads Bridge Tunnel DEIS demonstrated that the impacts to private property and historic resources impacts associated with an eight-lane alternative would be significant. Therefore, the two agencies are in agreement that alternatives considered at the HRBT in this SEIS will be largely confined to existing right of way.

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Project Update

Attend an Information Meeting on December 9, 10 

Learn more about the study by attending an upcoming information meeting. VDOT representatives will be available to discuss the study and answer your questions.

Project Updates

Citizen Information Meetings July 21, 22

VDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and other stakeholders, have initiated work on a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to re-evaluate the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

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