$10 million in funding approved for Skiffes Creek Connector in Grove
April 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steven W. Hicks, Development Manager
An important step towards the improvement of traffic in the Grove area of James City County was reached April 21 when the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) committed $10 million for the Skiffes Creek Connector.
The Skiffes Creek Connector will help reduce traffic on Route 60 near James River Elementary School by providing a connection to Route 143 and Interstate 64 for trucks going to James City County businesses such as AB InBev Brewery, the Wal-Mart Distribution Center and Busch Gardens.
Board of Supervisors member Bruce Goodson supports the decision, “As the representative for the Roberts District, one of my top priorities was to fix the transportation issues that have been going on for years and eliminate the need to widen Route 60 through Grove. As a result of the action taken by the HRTPO, both the Skiffes Creek Connector and the Route 60 Relocation & Upgrading project are now positioned to receive additional funds to ultimately complete both projects.”
The Skiffes Creek Connector and the Route 60 Relocation & Upgrading project are included in the Hampton Roads 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for design, right of way acquisition, and completion of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document. “No improvements can be made to the corridor unless all Federally mandated environmental review processes have been completed and approved by the Federal Highway Administration,” said County Administrator Robert Middaugh. “During the review process, we will call on the public to provide comments on the project and the proposed design.”