The meetings come in conjunction with a public comment period - that runs through Feb. 13 - on a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was prepared by VDOT alog with the Federal Highway Administration.
An initial meeting will be held Jan. 23 at Granby High School, in Norfolk and a second event will be held Jan. 24 at the St. Mary Star of the Sea School (14 N. Willard Ave.), in the Phoebus section of Hampton. Both meetings will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Snow dates for the two meetings will be Jan. 30 and 31, respectively, according to a VDOT statement.
The DEIS is a federally-required precursor to any major construction project and serves to explore the merits (including need) of alternative options and potential environmental impacts that could result.
An approximately 11 mile corridor of Interstate 64, between Interstate 664, in Hampton, and Interstate 564, in Norfolk, is being considered.
The purpose of the meetings are to provide citizens with an opportunity to review various proposals and provide input to VDOT. Transportation needs that have been identified include: insufficient capacity to accommodate demand and roadway deficiencies on the existing roadway, tunnels and bridges.
VDOT anticipates the HRBT study to be completed by summer 2014, with a record of decision that selects the best option.
A full copy of the DEIS can be found here.
Beginning in late 2010, three construction consortiums - Hampton Roads Crossings, Cintra Infraestructuras, S.A. and Hampton Roads Mobility Group submitted competing proposals to VDOT for expansion of the HRBT. To view the proposals, go here.