CAPE CHARLES, VA – The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) approved an amendment to add the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel’s Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project (the Project) to the Hampton Roads 2034 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and Hampton Roads 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) at its Board meeting on June 19, 2014.

The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Hampton Roads area. As such, it is a federally mandated transportation policy board comprised of representatives from local, state, and federal governments, transit agencies, and other stakeholders and is responsible for transportation planning and programming for the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA).

The Hampton Roads 2034 LRTP is a multimodal transportation plan that is developed, adopted, and updated by the HRTPO through the metropolitan transportation planning process. The LRTP must address a planning horizon of at least 20 years, which includes strategies and actions that lead to an integrated multi-modal transportation system and a fiscally constrained financial plan.

The Hampton Roads 2012-2015 TIP is a multi-year program for the implementation of surface transportation projects within the MPA, developed in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Virginia and any affected public transportation operators. A TIP contains all federally-funded and/or regionally significant projects that require an action by the Federal Highway Administration or the Federal Transit Administration. Before any federally funded and/or regionally significant surface transportation project can be built in the MPA, it must be included in a current TIP that has been approved by the HRTPO.

The Project will add an additional two-lane tunnel under the Thimble Shoal Channel to expand the capacity and improve the safety for travelers who utilize the CBBT and to protect the economic competitiveness and livability of the region through enhanced resiliency as the CBBT serves as the sole connection between the Delmarva Peninsula and the Hampton Roads area.

The Project timeline includes completion of an Environmental Assessment, traffic and revenue study, preliminary design work, and Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) document preparation during 2014 and 2015. A formal RFP for a Design-Build Contractor is expected by the second half of 2015 with final award scheduled for the spring of 2016. More information about the Project is available on the Project webpage by clicking here.

More information about the Hampton Roads 2034 LRTP and the Hampton Roads 2012-2015 TIP is available at http://hrtpo.org/