Virginia transportation board seeks feedback on long-range plan
State board seeking public input on long-range transportation plan.

State transportation officials want area residents' input on a large-scale plan that could have sweeping effects on how road and transit projects are prioritized and financed.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board is hosting a series of meetings this month to introduce its Six-Year Improvement Program, which allocates $12.9 billion to nearly 3,000 transportation projects during the next six fiscal years beginning in July.

Of that total, $9.5 billion will be used for highway, road, bridge and rail projects, according to the report. The remaining $3.4 billion will be used to address transit, bicycle/pedestrian paths and other transportation improvements across the state.

State board officials released a public draft of the plan earlier this week.

A meeting outlining the six-year plan is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission's headquarters at 723 Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake.

Under the improvement plan, Hampton Roads — the state's second-largest metropolitan area — stands to gain a number of projects that could address congestion and bottlenecks on highways and secondary roads across the region.

Some of the area road projects include:

• Nearly $350,000 to establish new bus stops across Hampton Roads that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

• About $4.1 million to replace the Denbigh Boulevard bridge over Interstate 64 and the CSX railroad in the Denbigh section of Newport News.

• About $540,000 to reconstruct the I-64 off-ramp at LaSalle Avenue in Hampton.

Construction to widen I-64 on the Peninsula, and a third tunnel crossing under Hampton Roads, dubbed I-564 Patriots Crossing, are also included in the plan. Both projects were identified by the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, which allocates gas and sales tax funds that make up the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund to address regional road priorities.

The draft program does not include new projects that would be subject to scoring under the new prioritization process under House Bill 2, a process that helps determine critical transportation needs through a fair and objective analysis.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed HB2 into law in 2014, and directs the state transportation board to develop and use a scoring process for project selection by July 2016.

O'Neal can be reached by phone at 757-247-4744.

Six-Year Improvement Program commenting

Hampton Roads residents have until May 22 to submit their comments regarding the Six-Year Improvement Plan for 2015-2020.

Comments regarding roads and highways


Mail: Infrastructure Investment Director

Virginia Department of Transportation

1401 E. Broad St.

Richmond, Va. 23219

Comments regarding transit and public transportation


Mail: Public Information Office

Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

600 E. Main St., Suite 2102

Richmond Va., 23219


To view a draft of the Six-Year Improvement Program plan go to:

Source: Virginia Department of Transportation

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