Home McDonnell announces milestone to advance Interstate 66 improvements
Local

McDonnell announces milestone to advance Interstate 66 improvements

Contributors

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced on Friday that the first step in making major improvements to one of the most congested corridors in the Commonwealth has been approved. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a record of decision on the 25-mile Tier 1 environmental impact statement (EIS) study of Interstate 66 from the Capital Beltway to Haymarket, clearing the way for the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to select one or more of the final ten concepts for detailed analysis.

vdot logo“Today’s approval of the I-66 Tier 1 EIS gives us the green light to move forward with finding the best short and long-term solutions,” said Governor McDonnell. “I-66 drivers sit in frustrating stop-and-go traffic on a daily basis with unpredictable travel times and few alternate options.  Getting I-66 moving again has been one of our top priorities, and I am pleased that we have reached this milestone.”

Earlier this year, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) identified 10 concepts to increase capacity within the corridor, as well as options to increase travel mode choices, improve individual interchanges, address spot safety needs, and enhance travel efficiency.

Concepts include adding general purpose lanes, constructing managed lanes (similar to the 495 Express Lanes and the future 95 Express Lanes), extending Metrorail and/or VRE, constructing light rail and/or bus rapid transit, improving chokepoints, intermodal connectivity, and safety and  intelligent transportation system enhancements.

“Advancing I-66 improvements is critical to the quality of life for commuters,” said Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton.  “The Commonwealth is working aggressively to provide better travel options in a heavily congested area so commuters can save time and cost.”

The CTB will select one or more of the concepts for study and VDOT will begin the Tier 2 analysis this spring and will complete it within two years.

“Moving forward, we will continue to work closely with local governments and communities to ensure an open and transparent process,” said VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley.

“I-66 improvements are critical to providing a better transportation facility for all commuters and travelers,” said DPRT Director Thelma Drake.  “The Commonwealth will continue to explore a wide range of options, including rail improvements.”

Public meetings were held in June 2011, and January and February of 2012. VDOT and DRPT hosted public hearings on Tier 1 Draft in March 2013.

More information on the study is available in the link below: www.vdot.virginia.gov/projects/northernvirginia/i66_eis.asp.

Contributors

Contributors

Have a guest column, letter to the editor, story idea or a news tip? Email editor Chris Graham at [email protected]. Subscribe to AFP podcasts on Apple PodcastsSpotifyPandora and YouTube.

Latest News

sprayground location at ralph sampson park simms
Local

Sprayground to open at Harrisonburg park in summer of 2025

virginia politics
Politics, Virginia

Mailbag: Reader with no grasp of basic facts lectures me on Virginia history

You obviously are not from Virginia, where it is known for its HISTORY. Like it or not, it happened, it is real, and we are still here. We are called the great great grandchildren of those men that had to fight in the Civil War and had no choice, so you pencil pusher can have...

Climate, Local, Schools

‘In its natural state’: Stuart Hall students prep pollinator garden in downtown Staunton

Students from Stuart Hall School yesterday began creating a pollinator garden to do their part to encourage pollination and growth. 

Lydia Campbell taken by Kate Simon for the Community Foundation
Economy, Local

Official count shows ‘concerning’ increase in individuals experiencing homelessness

Fredericksburg Nationals
Sports

Fredericksburg Nationals erupt at the plate, blast Fayetteville, 16-7

uva basketball
Sports

Transfer target Joshua Jefferson thinks he can ‘speed up’ Virginia’s tempo

police crime tape at crime scene
Local, Public Safety

Standoff: Augusta County man shooting inside home forces evacuation of neighbors