The WVDOH and Maryland State Highway Administration, along with the Federal Highway Administration are cooperating in the development of a Tier I Environmental Impact Statement to study corridors for improving capacity and operational safety of the US 220 National Highway System between Appalachian Corridor H in WV and I-68 in Maryland.
This Tier I study will analyze preliminary corridors recommended as a result of the recent North South Appalachian Corridor Feasibility study completed under the co-sponsorship of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia departments of transportation. The purpose and need for the proposed project along with the proposed study corridors is currently anticipated to be presented in a series of resource agency scoping and public meetings in the areas affected in late 2005 or early 2006.
Comments received from agency and public involvement in addition to results from cultural, economic, natural, and social impact analyses will be considered in refinement and ultimately the selection of a preferred corridor. Current schedule to complete the Tier 1 study is 18 months or spring/summer of 2007.
The preferred corridor would then be further refined in a future Tier II EIS study, which would culminate in a selected alternative to address the traffic needs for the area. Pending the outcome of the Tier 1 study and future funding, the Tier II study could be completed in two to three years after completion of Tier I resulting in completion of the environmental process, allowing final design and construction activities to proceed as early as 2009 or 2010.
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