Help Shape the Future of Transportation in Hampton Roads

You are invited to an informational meeting on Wednesday, August 31 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Granby High School, 7101 Granby St, Norfolk, VA to learn about the new harbor crossing project that is being studied by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). City leaders and staff will lead the meeting, explain the VDOT study and answer questions.

Four project options are being considered by VDOT, but only alternatives C and D provide for a new route across the water. These alternatives are essential for an enhanced regional economy, a reliable and accessible transportation network and improved evacuation routes.

The City of Norfolk analyzed all four alternatives and recommends Alternative D.

Alternative D addresses several major transportation projects and offers the greatest benefit to our infrastructure,” states Norfolk Mayor Kenneth C. Alexander. “It is important Norfolk residents weigh in on this study. This is a critical decision for our city and our economy that will affect generations to come.

JASE Group CEO and Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads Commissioner Keith Parnell has given his undeniable endorsement to the complete package option. “Resolving our traffic congestion issues in Hampton Roads should be a top priority for our region. We need to figure a way to make this happen in a financially responsible manner and continue to encourage positive growth in our economy.” He goes on to say, “Additionally, we should not consider any option that does not have light rail as a part of its planning and development. The Third Crossing Bridge-Tunnel connecting Norfolk, Newport News & Suffolk should without a doubt include light rail public transit.

Weighing in on the VDOT study is easy but there is not much time left. Hampton Roads residents and business owners have until September 19, 2016 to voice their opinion to VDOT about which alternative is most favorable.

VDOT is hosting two sessions to provide information on the project and collect input.

September 7, from 5 – 7 pm at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Dr., in Hampton

September 8, from 5 – 7 pm at the Quality Suites (Lake Wright), 6820 Northampton Blvd., in Norfolk

Also, you can submit your feedback online or by mail. Visit for more information about the harbor crossing project, the alternatives being considered by VDOT and how to share your opinion.

Contact Norfolk Strategic Transportation Planner Thelma Drake at 757-664-4313 or with any questions.

Formal press release can be found here.

More information on Hampton Roads Harbor Crossing can be found here.

JASE CEO Keith Parnell’s official endorsement of Alternative D of VDOT’s Hampton Roads Crossing Study with inclusion of light rail can be found here.

Hampton Roads Crossing Study Alternatives

A. Adding a third tube to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (in the middle) to bring it to six lanes total. Adding two more lanes to I-64 in Norfolk to bring it to six lanes.

B. The same as option A, plus improvements to I-564 from I-64 in Norfolk, a new bridge-tunnel across the Elizabeth River and a new four-lane road along the east side of Craney Island to Va. Route 164 in Portsmouth. It would also expand Va. Route 164 to six lanes.

C. The “Third Crossing” that includes the Craney Island extension, widening I-664 from I-64 in Hampton to I-264 in Chesapeake to eight lanes (including a new crossing parallel to the I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel) and a new crossing between I-664 and I-564, north of Craney Island. Many improvements would include two transit-only lanes.

D. Combines options B and C.

Disclosure: JASE Group CEO Keith Parnell is the Norfolk Commissioner to the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads, the Governing Board of Hampton Roads Transit.

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