NORFOLK -- VDOT is holding five town hall meetings to discuss work on the Route 460 Corridor Improvements Project.
VDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, and the US Army Corps of Engineers is evaluating five alternatives for the project. They're looking at the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts.
The project would enhance the 55 mile stretch of road between Suffolk and Petersburg, providing an additional hurricane evacuation route and improving the movement of cargo from the Port of Virginia.
In March, Transportation Secretary Aubrey Lane issued a temporary stop work order on Route 460 until VDOT completes the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. It should be finished by the end of 2014 or in early 2015. One of the five alternatives will be selected at that time.
One option is the route south of existing 460 that was chosen in 2012. Other options include one north of existing 460, and three alternatives provide differing approaches to improving 460 on or near the existing alignment. Bypasses around towns, with or without tolling, are among the options that are being considered. The option of building nothing will also be considered.
Town hall meetings are scheduled for:
Monday, July 21- Waverly- Sussex Central High School
Wednesday, July 23- Disputanta- J.E.J. Moore Middle School.
Thursday, July 24- Dendron- Surry County High School
Tuesday, July 29- Ivor- Municipal Building
Thursday, July 31- Suffolk- King's Fork High School (pending approval)
All meetings start at 6:00 p.m. and finish up by 7:30 p.m.