HRTPO Board Supports HRTF Candidate Projects and Approves the Initiation of Coordination and Discussion with VDOT and FHWA to fund the HRTF Package
At its October 17, 2013 meeting, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) Board was briefed by HRTPO staff on Hampton Roads Transportation Fund (HRTF) list of candidate projects. Staff gave an overview of the guiding principles for the selection of candidate projects, specifying that projects should meet one or more of the following :
Based on those guiding principles, HRTPO staff recommended a list of 9 candidate projects for the Board's support:
o I-64 Peninsula Segment 1 - Jefferson Avenue to Ft. Eustis Blvd*
o I-64 Peninsula Segment 2 - Ft. Eustis Blvd to
o I-64 Peninsula Interchange at Ft. Eustis Blvd
o I-64 Peninsula Segment 3 - Route 199 East of Williamsburg to
o Patriots Crossing (with Craney Island Connector**)
o I-664 Widening including Bowers Hill interchange
The HRTPO Board, upon review and consideration of the candidate project list, did vote to support the list, and further approved the initiation of coordination and discussion with VDOT and FHWA to fund the HRTF package.
The HRTPO Board's support was cemented with a Resolution, which reflects upon the fact that HB2313 funds must be spent on transportation projects that provide the greatest impact on reducing congestion and therefore resolves that HRTF funds be utilized in the most effective and efficient manner and applied to regionally significant projects to reduce congestion for the benefit of Hampton Roads. Further, the Resolution outlined the HRTPO Board's support of coordination between VDOT and FHWA to refine cost estimates, evaluate financing options and methods of project delivery.
* I-64 Peninsula Widening Segment 1 - Jefferson Avenue to Ft. Eustis Blvd is fully funded in the FY 2014-2019 Six-Year Improvement Program, and therefore, will not use HRTF revenues.
**Craney Island Connector will be constructed and funded as part of the port expansion project, and therefore, will not use HRTF revenues