• Project Update for Property Owners

    Click here to view the Project update letter that was sent to property owners on January 31, 2014. Read more →

  • Public Comment Period Open for Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

    The Federal Highway Administration and the Corps of Engineers are accepting comments from the public on the preparation of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to evaluate improvements to Route 460.  These agencies are asking the public for comments related to issues that should be addressed in the SEIS, including such matters as alternatives to be considered, transportation needs within the corridor, and social and natural resources that may be affected. Notices of Intent (NOI) to prepare the SEIS have been posted in the Federal Register. View the FHWA NOI here. View the Corps NOI here. Comments in relation to the SEIS preparation should be submitted either to FHWA by January 16, 2014, or to the Corps by January 27, 2014, using the contact information in the NOIs.  All comments received by each agency related Read more →

  • Memorandum of Understanding Signed

    In recent project news, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Norfolk District (USACE), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing to work jointly and collaboratively over the next several months to conduct further research, collect data and draft a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), building upon the Commonwealth Connector’s previous environmental documents. Once complete, the draft SEIS will be made available for public comment and input. The MOU serves as written documentation of the ongoing collaboration between the three agencies to address outstanding Project questions. You can view the full Memorandum of Understanding here. Read more →

  • Test Embankment Program – A Project Innovation

    Test Embankment Program – A Project Innovation

    US 460 Mobility Partners has implemented a test embankment program, an innovative soil testing methodology to determine the performance of the site soils over time under test conditions. This progressive testing methodology is the first of its kind for a roadway project in Virginia. The test embankment structure installed in Wakefield, VA is approximately 300 feet square and 35 feet high, holding 66,000 cubic yards of soil. Trucks hauled soil daily from a local borrow pit to the test embankment site for approximately 25 days to achieve the desired structure. Many thanks to the local community for your patience through the hauling period. Test embankments are not commonly constructed. Saturated soils, such as around harbors or ports are prime for a test embankment installation as soft, wet soil makes the determination of the rate of Read more →

  • Peanut Festival a Success – In Spite of the Rain

    Peanut Festival a Success – In Spite of the Rain

    The Commonwealth Connector project team, in efforts to inform the community along the existing U.S. Route 460 corridor of the new road, exhibited under the City of Suffolk tent at the city’s 36th annual Peanut Festival. This autumn festival attracts residents and visitors throughout Hampton Roads and neighboring areas for a four-day event that embraces local agriculture, businesses, and community issues. Festival-goers were eager to learn more about the Commonwealth Connector and the team was able to answer questions and provide informational materials.  Attendees expressed excitement about the forthcoming alternative to the existing U.S. Route 460, as many travel this highway regularly. Read more →

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