Project Outreach Continues
Big Project, Biggest DBE/SWaM Event Yet!
VDOT Civil Rights and the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project Team hosted a DBE-SWaM event for businesses interested in participating in the HRBT Expansion Project. More than 500 individuals and businesses registered for the event which was held Oct. 25 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton.
VDOT Commissioner Stephen Brich (above) told the attendees the opportunities that exist on the project over the next six years touch nearly every aspect of construction, engineering and related support services. They also heard from the project's director and the two teams competing to build the project.
Vendors (above) offering support services for DBE and SWaM businesses were on hand to answer questions about what businesses can do to compete for work on VDOT's largest construction project. And, small business owners also had a chance to question the firms (below) hoping to win the construction contract.
Project Director Jim Utterback Meets with Hampton Rotary Club
Members of the Hampton Rotary Club (pictured above and below) peppered HRBT Expansion Project Director Jim Utterback with questions about construction of the new HRBT Tunnel on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Many remember the East and Westbound tubes being constructed and are anxious for the new bored-tunnel and I-64 improvements to help ease congestion at the heavily traveled water crossing between Southside Hampton Roads and the Peninsula. Several recall paying the original toll to drive between both shorelines and one Rotarian even recalled the ferry that used to shuttle passengers between Norfolk and Hampton.
Project Director Jim Utterback Explains Timeline of Tunnel Boring Machine to Norfolk Planning Commission
Virginia State Police Briefed on HRBT Expansion Plans
Peninsula Residents Inquire About HRBT Expansion Plans
Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck (pictured holding red notebook) was among the 100 mostly Peninsula residents who turned out for the second of two Design Public Hearings on Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion plans.
Large Turnout in Norfolk for HRBT Expansion Hearing
Approximately 175 citizens turned out for a Design Public Hearing in Norfolk on Aug. 15th to learn more about expansion plans for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Numerous positive comments were received about the selected bored-tunnel construction method and the fact that there are no planned business or residential relocations. The hearing attracted residents, local and state elected officials, industry personnel and civic league leaders.
Extensive Media Coverage For The Hearing
Project Director Jim Utterback (left) was interviewed by the ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates, in addition to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, at the hearing.
Norfolk Vice-Mayor Thomas Receives Project Updates
Project Design Manager Frank Fabian (notebook in hand) briefs Norfolk Vice-Mayor Martin Thomas about potential designs for Southside corridor improvements.
Another Design Public Hearing is scheduled for August 16 at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Hampton from 5pm-7pm.
Promoting Public Hearings
HRBT Expansion Design Manager Frank Fabian walks WVEC 13 News Anchor Ashley Smith and photographer Jon Goodwin through plans for expansion of the HRBT. The news crew was preparing a story to advance the August 15th (Norfolk) and August 16th (Hampton) Design Public Hearings.
Discussing HRBT Expansion with the Navy
NORFOLK – As a milestone in the procurement process for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion project, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has announced the project will move forward with the bored-tunnel construction method to deliver the next connection across the Hampton Roads harbor.
Quality is Their Mission
Public Invited to Attend Design Public Hearings
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Ocean View Elementary School
350 West Government Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23503
Thursday, August 16, 2018
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saint Mary Star of the Sea School
14 North Willard Ave.
Hampton, VA 23663
Find out about plans for I-64 improvements from Settlers Landing (Exit 267) in Hampton to I-564 (Exit 276) in Norfolk.
Design Public Hearing Drawings (PDF)
Concept Plan Roadway (53 MB)
Concept Plan Bridges (3 MB)
Hampton City Council Receives HRBT Update
HRBT Project Director, Jim Utterback, provides Hampton City Council with a progress report on HRBT expansion plans. He also informed them of Design Public Hearings on the project scheduled for August 15, 2018 at Ocean View Elementary School in Norfolk and August 16, 2018 at Saint Mary Star of the Sea School in Hampton. Both hearings begin at 5 p.m.
HRBT Project Director Addresses Norfolk City Council
HRBT Project Director Jim Utterback provides an update to Norfolk City Council members and staff on June 12, 2018 about expansion plans for the HRBT.
HRBT Environmental Assessment Re-Evaluation Issued
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation today released the draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project. The draft RFP contains instructions to short-listed firms for developing individual approaches to best deliver the HRBT Expansion Project as a design-build contract under the Public-Private Transportation Act. The Draft RFP is available to short-listed firms and the public for comment at www.p3virginia.org/projects/hampton-roads-bridge-tunnel-2/.
P3 STEERING COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS HRBT PROJECT
COMMONWEALTH IDENTIFIES PRIVATE SECTOR TEAMS SHORTLISTED FOR HAMPTON ROADS BRIDGE-TUNNEL EXPANSION PROJECT
RICHMOND – Three private-sector teams will be invited to submit technical proposals and prices to design and construct the Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has concluded its evaluation of Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) with the shortlisting of private-sector teams, with three submitting SOQs to the department on March 2, 2018, in response to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) dated Dec.15, 2017.
Firms submit Statements of Qualifications
SUFFOLK- Three private-sector teams are competing for a chance to deliver the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project. The three submitted Statements of Qualifications that could advance them to the next review stage.
RICHMOND - Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Commissioner Stephen C. Brich today announced that Hampton Roads District Administrator Jim Utterback will take on the role of Project Director for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project – the largest transportation project in Virginia in a corridor vital to the commonwealth’s economy, military readiness and regional connectivity.
Jim Utterback, HRBT Project Director
SEARCH FOR FIRMS TO BUILD NEW BRIDGE-TUNNEL OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY
Request for Qualifications issued for industry response
The project to build a new Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) and widen I-64 in Hampton and Norfolk reached a major milestone today with the issuance of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from firms interested in delivering the work.
The release of the RFQ marks the official start of the contract procurement process. Responses are due March 2, 2018. Among other things, teams may present their capabilities in immersed-tube tunneling, bored tunneling, or both methods.
A short list of qualified teams will be notified in April. Those teams will then be asked to submit detailed technical approaches and binding prices in response to a Request for Proposals. Contract award is anticipated in early 2019, followed by project completion in 2024.
The HRBT Expansion project will build another bridge-tunnel and widen the four-lane segments of I-64 in Hampton and Norfolk to ease daily congestion between the Peninsula and South Hampton Roads, a corridor vital to Virginia’s economy, military readiness and regional connectivity. Traffic on the HRBT’s existing four lanes exceeds 100,000 vehicles per day during peak summer traffic.
The majority of project funding will be provided by the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, with federal support and other resources also anticipated.
Further information about the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion, including procurement details, is available at www.HRBTexpansion.org.
NORFOLK, Va. – In the history of underwater transportation, the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel notched its share of distinctions, including being the first crossing to run between two man-made islands.
For the communities it served, the span’s debut on Nov. 1, 1957, fundamentally altered the landscape. Virginia’s top transportation official described the impact in reality-shifting terms.
“With this bridge-tunnel, we have destroyed distance and conquered time,” said Gen. James A. Anderson, chairman of the State Highway Commission.
The 3.5-mile crossing between Hampton and Norfolk replaced a ferry service and united a region, yanking together a population that grew to 1.7 million today. Its traffic flew ahead of projections. One early estimate predicted daily use would reach 10,000 vehicles by 1980. In 1978, the actual count surpassed 40,000.
HRTPO Endorses HRBT as Part of Regional I-64 Express Lane Network
At its July 2017 meeting, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) issued a resolution of support for a regional I-64 Express Lane network that includes the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion.
This segment of the proposed network will carry two general purpose lanes and one Express Lane in each direction, at a minimum, with additional alternatives to be considered during the HRBT procurement. View the entire HRTPO presentation or visit the I-64 Express Lanes site for more information.
See the map below for details:
FHWA Issues Record of Decision for Hampton Roads Crossing Study
Action Clears Way for Design and Procurement of HRBT Expansion
A project to expand the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and widen Interstate 64 between Hampton and Norfolk reached a major milestone this week with the conclusion of a nearly two-year environmental study.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Hampton Roads Crossing Study on June 12. The signature of the document concludes the National Environmental Policy Act process for the study and allows VDOT to proceed with more detailed procurement and design of the project.
In its Record of Decision, the FHWA selected Alternative A as the Preferred Alternative to relieve congestion in the I-64/Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel corridor. Alternative A expands I-64 and the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to a consistent six-lane facility from I-664 in Hampton to I-564 in Norfolk. The expansion includes a new bridge-tunnel at the existing HRBT.
The document, a copy of which may be found here, presents the basis for the study decision, per 40 CFR 1505.2, and summarizes the mitigation measures to be incorporated in the project.
The next step in the procurement process is the anticipated release in late 2017 of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to potential proposers who wish to compete for a contract to design and build the project. Many details, including the final lane configuration and construction method of the new tunnel, will be determined as design and procurement advances.
Future updates on the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion will be posted to the new project website at www.HRBTexpansion.org.
FHWA and VDOT publish the Final SEIS for the Hampton Roads Crossing Study
On April 25, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) approved the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Final SEIS) for the Hampton Roads Crossing Study (HRCS). FHWA has published a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register (dated May 5, 2017).
The Final SEIS includes the information presented in the Draft SEIS, documentation of the Preferred Alternative, updated analyses, and responses to substantive comments received on the Draft SEIS. The Final SEIS and updated technical documents are available on the study website.
The Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (40 CFR 1506.10(2)) and FHWA regulations (40 CFR 771.127(1)) state that FHWA will wait 30-days from the publication of an NOA on the Final SEIS before making a NEPA decision. Accordingly, VDOT will request a Record of Decision (ROD) from FHWA to complete the NEPA process in early June. The anticipated ROD will be posted to this web site when it is available.
Following the issuance of the ROD, VDOT can advance with more detailed procurement and design activities.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) today unanimously approved a preferred alternative to ease congestion and improve travel on the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Alternative A will widen about 12 miles of I-64 to a consistent six-lane facility from I-664 in Hampton to I-564 in Norfolk. The alternative includes a new parallel bridge tunnel.
HRCS Update - September
The 45-day public comment period on the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (HRCS SEIS) concluded on September 19, 2016. While the comment period has closed, the Draft SEIS, supporting technical documents, and meeting materials from the Location Public Hearings are still available for review on the study web site. VDOT and FHWA will review the comments received on the Draft SEIS and provide responses to substantive comments in the Final SEIS scheduled to be released in the spring/summer of 2017.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will receive its first briefing on the results of the study and input received from the public on September 20, 2016. A second CTB briefing is scheduled for October 18, 2016. It is anticipated that the CTB will take action to identify a preferred alternative during its action meeting on December 7, 2016. This preferred alternative will be documented in the Final SEIS.
HAMPTON ROADS CROSSING STUDY RELEASED
Public invited to comment on findings before alternative is chosen
The Federal Highway Administration and Virginia Department of Transportation today released the results of a study of proposed improvements to Hampton Roads’ harbor crossings, including expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel and construction of additional crossings.
The release of the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement opens a 45-day public comment period on the results of the analysis. Two public hearings will be held in which people can review the alternatives under study, talk with VDOT representatives and provide feedback in person. Those hearings are:
- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. September 7 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive in Hampton.
- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. September 8 at the Quality Suites Lake Wright, 6280 Northampton Blvd. in Norfolk.
The Hampton Roads Crossing Study is considering four alternatives to improve transportation between South Hampton Roads and the Peninsula. Those alternatives include expanding the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, building connections between Route 164 in Portsmouth and I-564 in Norfolk, expanding I-664, and building a water crossing between I-564 and the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board is expected to take formal action on a preferred alternative by the end of the year.
Public comment will be accepted until September 19.
HRCS Update - June
In June 2016, VDOT briefed the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) on the status of the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (HRCS SEIS). The presentations from these meetings are available here. Previous presentations and meeting materials also are available on this web site. VDOT is scheduled to brief the HRTPO’s Citizen Technical Advisory Committee in July.
VDOT remains on schedule to publish the Draft SEIS in early August. This publication will be announced through a FHWA Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, newspaper and other media announcements, on the study web site, and through emails like this. The Draft SEIS will be made available for a 45-day public comment period. During this time, VDOT will host Location Public Hearings to present the findings of the study and solicit input from the public. Following the close of the public comment period, VDOT will brief the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on the study and then seek a formal endorsement by the CTB of a preferred alternative. VDOT anticipates CTB action before the end of 2016. Following the identification of the preferred alternative, VDOT will work with FHWA and its other partners to develop a Final SEIS that documents the preferred alternative, provides necessary analyses of this preferred alternative, and responds to public comments on the Draft SEIS. VDOT anticipates publishing this Final SEIS in the spring of 2017. Following the publication of the Final SEIS and update of regional planning documents, VDOT would request a Record of Decision from FHWA to advance the first section of the preferred alternative.
HRCS Update - May
In April 2016, VDOT briefed the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Transportation Technical Advisory Committee and the Newport News City Council on the status of the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (HRCS SEIS).
In early May, VDOT also briefed the James City County Board of Supervisors on the status of the study. The presentations from these meetings are available here.
Previous presentations and meeting materials also are available on the web site. (http://www.hrbtexpansion.org/)
VDOT is on schedule to publish the Draft SEIS in early August. This publication will be announced through a FHWA Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, newspaper and other media announcements, on the study web site, and through emails like this.
The Draft SEIS will be made available for a 45-day public comment period. During this time, VDOT will host Location Public Hearings to present the findings of the study and solicit input from the public. Following the close of the public comment period, VDOT will brief the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on the study and then seek a formal endorsement by the CTB of a preferred alternative.
VDOT anticipates CTB action before the end of 2016.
Following the identification of the preferred alternative, VDOT will work with FHWA and its other partners to develop a Final SEIS that documents the preferred alternative, provides necessary analyses of this preferred alternative, and responds to public comments on the Draft SEIS.
VDOT anticipates publishing this Final SEIS in the spring of 2017. Following the publication of the Final SEIS and update of regional planning documents, VDOT would request a Record of Decision from FHWA to advance the first section of the preferred alternative.
VDOT Briefs Agencies
In February 2016, VDOT briefed local, state, and federal agencies and groups on the status of the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (HRCS SEIS).
The presentation from this meeting is available here. Previous presentations and meeting materials also are available on the web site.
During February, the study team also neared completion of field studies to inform the HRCS SEIS. Over the next few months, the team will document its findings and complete the necessary analysis to inform the SEIS.
HRCS Update - February
In January 2016, VDOT, FHWA and the federal cooperating agencies concurred on the alternatives to be retained for analysis in the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (HRCS SEIS). Prior to this action, the alternatives were presented to the public at two Citizen Information Meetings (CIMs) held in December 2015. (Materials from the CIMs are available here). These alternatives, along with the No Build Alternative, will be retained for analysis in the Draft HRCS SEIS. The HRCS SEIS also allows for new or hybrid alternatives to be identified through the process. If a new or hybrid alternative is identified as the preferred, it will be fully documented in the Final SEIS.
Graphics illustrating the build alternatives retained for analysis are available on the study web site. An updated version of the study’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and recent presentations given by VDOT on the study also have been recently posted to the study web site. Our field teams continue to collect data along the study area corridors to inform the analysis in the HRCS SEIS.
Citizen Information Meeting
At the December Citizen Information Meetings, the public was invited to re-examine the three alternatives that were retained for analysis in the original study, as well as an additional alternative identified during initial public outreach. The public was asked to provide input on how these alternatives met the purpose and need for the study, if there were other alternatives that should be considered, as well as seeking any other information the public could provide to inform the study.
VDOT representatives will be present to discuss the study and answer questions
VDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and other stakeholders, have initiated work on a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to re-evaluate the Hampton Roads Crossing Study Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). Two Citizen Information Meetings (CIMs) are planned to gather public input for the SEIS.