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Aug 29

Virginia Department of Transportation Studies Major Water Crossing Improvements

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 8:29 AM by Communications Department

  Hampton Roads Crossing Study  

 The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Federal Highway Administration and other stakeholders are planning for a regional mega-project aimed at reducing congestion on the region’s major water crossings, the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel. They are in the process of updating the environmental document for the Hampton Roads Crossing Study as the first step deciding on how to improve the water crossings.
The Department of Transportation will host two public hearings to discuss the project which is expected to include multiple bridge tunnel expansions over the coming decades. The first public hearing is on September 7th at the Hampton Roads Convention Center and the second on September 8th at the Lake Wright Quality Suites in Norfolk.

As part of the public outreach Virginia Department of Transportation sent comment cards to all mail recipients within the study area. In Newport News, cards were sent to all postal addresses in the 23607 zip code requesting citizen input on the locally preferred crossing alternative. The Commonwealth Transportation Board will consider the public comments and select an alternative by the end of 2016.

To learn more about the study or to leave public comments please visit the Hampton Roads Crossing website. Public comments will be accepted until September 19.