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 Federal Highway Administration approved the Tier One Draft EIS on June 22, 2011. A workshop public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Keyser Primary/Middle School in Keyser, West Virginia. The Maryland State Highway Administration has scheduled a separate but similar Public Hearing on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Bel Air Elementary School in Cumberland, Maryland. The purpose of the public involvement is to provide all interested persons the opportunity to comment on the results of the engineering & environmental studies.
Approval of the Tier One Final EIS & Record of Decision (ROD) is expected in 2012. The Tier Two work will occur after the ROD; however a schedule has not been developed.
The preferred corridor will then be further refined in a future Tier II EIS study, which will 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.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (42 MB PDF)
Draft Environmental Impact Statement - Appendices (3.5 MB PDF)
Draft Environmental Impact Statement - Plates (15.5 MB PDF)
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