Public comment sought on 460

Published 6:31 pm Saturday, December 5, 2015

Another opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed plan for U.S. Route 460 is ongoing until Jan. 5.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for federal and state permits to improve the road. The project would affect multiple tributaries of the Blackwater and Nansemond rivers as well as several lakes and reservoirs, which is why the Corps’ approval is needed before the project can proceed.

The proposed work would improve the road from the Route 460/Route 58 interchange in Suffolk to about one mile west of Zuni, according to the application.

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From Suffolk to two miles west of Windsor, VDOT proposes to construct a new four-lane divided highway that would run north around Windsor, cross the existing Route 460 east of Windsor and then run south of the existing Route 460 to Route 58.

From two miles west of Windsor to one mile west of Zuni, VDOT proposes to reconstruct and upgrade the existing Route 460 to a four-lane divided highway.

The remaining 36 miles to Interstate 295 in Prince George County includes no improvements, according to the application.

The improvements include construction of stormwater management infrastructure, pipes for stream conveyance under new highway sections, extension of existing pipes and more. The project also includes eight bridges spanning existing roads and five bridges crossing wetlands and streams.

The proposed project would permanently impact 35.77 acres of non-tidal wetlands.

Comments from the public are sought regarding the impact of the project, including on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects and other public interest factors.

Comments should be made in writing and addressed to the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers (ATTN: CENAO-WR-R), 803 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510. Comments should be received by the close of business on Jan. 5.

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