2014 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Floor Approved)

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I-81 Project Prioritization (language only)

Item 427 #2h

Item 427 #2h

Transportation, Secretary of

Page 372, after line 43, insert:
"K. l. The Commonwealth Transportation Board shall direct the staff of the Virginia Department of Transportation's Bristol, Salem and Staunton districts to develop a list of potential improvements to address congestion and safety concerns along the Interstate 81 corridor
as a part of the statewide prioritization process enacted by the 2014 General Assembly pursuant to § 33.1-23.5:5.
2. In the identification of potential candidate projects for evaluation, the Board shall solicit input from local elected officials, state legislators, and other affected stakeholders.  Further, the Board shall give priority to projects that minimize the impacts on adjacent communities, including historic battlefields, and to projects that can be implemented within the existing right-of-way or with minimal additional right-of-way.  
An interim report, including a listing of the identified projects and estimated costs shall be completed by November 1, 2014.   By January 1, 2016, a final listing, developed pursuant to the provisions of House Bill 2, 2014 Session of the General Assembly, will list the prioritized candidate projects identified for potential inclusion in the Six Year Program adopted by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in June 2016."

(This amendment directs staff in the VDOT Bristol, Salem and Staunton districts to develop a prioritized list of congestion relief and safety improvement projects along the I-81 corridor that could be implemented over the next 10 years.)