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.
- 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