VDOT hosting regional meeting on proposed road projects

The state highway department is hosting a fall meeting for Hampton Roads residents to learn about proposed local and regional projects and provide feedback.

The meeting will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization’s boardroom, 723 Woodlake Dr. in Chesapeake. People may also view the displays and provide comments online. Comments will be accepted until Dec. 11.

The meeting on Tuesday will include an open-house format where people can review and give feedback on a list of proposed projects that local governments submitted to be scored under a new state process to prioritize projects. After the open house, people can ask questions and discuss the projects with “transportation stakeholders,” according to a release from the Virginia Department of Transportation. There will be no formal public comment during the meetings, according to VDOT.

The meeting will highlight the 45 applications the state received from local and regional governments in the Hampton Roads District for scoring in accordance with legislation known as House Bill 2. Those applications seek $1.86 billion in funding, according to VDOT.

Those projects will be scored through the end of December. Once projects are scored and reviewed by the public, the Commonwealth Transportation Board will select which projects to fund and include in the next Six-Year Improvement Program by June, according to VDOT.

The VDOT release described House Bill 2 as a “consistent and data-driven ‘prioritization’ process to score projects according to critical transportation needs.”

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