Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements StudyCities of Chesapeake and Suffolk
EIS Begin Date: August 2020 / EA Begin Date: February 2018
Est Completion Date
EIS Completion Date: Summer 2023 / EA Completion Date: April 2019
Chesapeake and Suffolk
January 2021 Update
Thank you to everyone who shared feedback in the Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study survey. The survey closed on October 16. Using input gathered from the online survey and field data collected, VDOT will develop the preliminary Purpose and Need to present to concurring, cooperating and participating agencies and is working to develop a range of concepts that potentially address those needs. The alternative concepts will be presented to the public in spring 2021.
Click below to learn more about the Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study.
Learn more about the Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study by reading the following:
Narrated Information Boards
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), initiated the environmental review process for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate potential transportation improvements at the Bowers Hill interchange in 2018. Following issuance of the EA, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), in consultation with HRTAC, VDOT, and FHWA, expanded the Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements study area to include a larger study area into Suffolk, including approximately seven additional miles north along Interstate (I-) 664 to College Drive. Considerations also include how the study area would interact with Express Lanes that are planned for portions of I-64 east of the study area.
The Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study area includes a confluence of I-664, I-64, I-264, U.S. Route 460, U.S. Route 58, U.S. Route 13 and Jolliff Road (VA Route 191) in the cities of Chesapeake and Suffolk.
The study will help identify potential short-term and long-term operational improvements and study boundary limits will be informed by scoping and refined through the course of the study. While the study will result in the selection of a specific improvement and impact estimates, those impacts are only estimates and final impacts would not be known until the project advances beyond the current study phase to more detailed design. In July 2020, residents in the expanded Bowers Hill study area received a letter from VDOT informing them field work was underway to assess wetlands, streams, threatened and endangered species, wildlife and habitat, historic properties, community facilities, and other resources. Receiving a letter did not mean the property will be impacted but that it is close enough to I-664 where information is needed. This documented data will help inform the future study, including the identification of impacts of the proposed alternatives.
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Information Gathered Prior to 2020
Virtual Presentation/Citizen Information Meeting
Virtual Meeting: Video and Survey
Citizens are invited to watch the video presentation posted below, which explains three conceptual alternatives for improvements at the Bowers Hill Interchange, and take an online survey to submit their comments by clicking here.
Comments must be submitted by no later than Saturday, September 1, 2018. For more information about Public Comments, please see the information below.
VDOT hosted a Citizen Information Meeting as follows to present the purpose and need for the Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study as well as solicit citizen input on conceptual plans for improving the Bowers Hill Interchange in Chesapeake:
Citizen Information Meeting: In-person Presentation and Discussion
August 22, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Jolliff Middle School
1021 Jolliff Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23321
Citizen Information Meeting Materials/Public Comment Opportunity
The following materials will be presented at the Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study Citizen Information Meeting:
The public comment period will close on Saturday, September 1, 2018, ten (10) days following the Citizen Information Meeting. VDOT will review and evaluate any information received as a result of the Citizen Information Meeting.
You may submit comments in writing by using the online survey here, printing and mailing the comment form here or e-mailing your comments directly to Jennifer.Salyers@VDOT.Virginia.gov. Information must be postmarked, e-mailed or delivered to VDOT within 10 calendar days of the Citizen Information Meeting.
This information, including the meeting summary, will be available for review at the VDOT Hampton Roads District Headquarters located at 7511 Burbage Drive, Suffolk, VA 23435, 757-956-3000. Please call ahead to ensure the availability of appropriate personnel to answer your questions.
Virtual Scoping Meeting: May 10-June 9, 2018
You can help change your commute. Watch the video to begin participating in the Virtual Scoping Meeting. Read the release about the Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study and Virtual Scoping Process here.
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