Commonwealth Transportation Board selects a preferred alternative for the Martinsville Southern Connector

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) selected a preferred alternative on ways to improve U.S. Route 220 from the North Carolina state line to the U.S. Route 58 bypass near Martinsville.

Over the course of the last two years, several meetings were held and several options were offered to the CTB on the best ways to improve traffic flow in that area.

View presentation materials from December’s meeting as well as the CTB resolution here.

There are three main needs that the CTB is looking to address:

  • Accommodate Regional Traffic
  • Accommodate Local Traffic
  • Address Geometric Deficiencies and Inconsistencies

A public hearing was held on Aug. 15, 2019 to present recommended preferred alternatives for the project.

On Sep. 4, 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, informed by public comments as well as other federal, state and local agencies ultimately recommended “Alternative C” as the preferred alternative to proceed with the project.

The next step involves agencies working together to issue and publish the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in March 2020.

When the DEIS is issued, there will be a 45-day public comment period.

VDOT tentatively plans on holding a meeting in March 2020 to present the DEIS as well as other technical supporting documentation.

Updates on the study can be found here.

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