Wednesday, April 17, 2024

VDOT will have a public hearing on design of Skiffes Creek Connector road

VDOT is releasing the proposed design plans for the Skiffes Creek Connector, which would form a local road connection between Merrimac Trail and Pocahontas Trail in James City County. (WYDaily/Courtesy of VDOT)
VDOT is releasing the proposed design plans for the Skiffes Creek Connector, which would form a local road connection between Merrimac Trail and Pocahontas Trail in James City County. (WYDaily/Courtesy of VDOT)

The Virginia Department of Transportation will have a public hearing Wednesday to allow residents to give feedback on the latest step in the $50.5 million Skiffes Creek Connector project.

VDOT is releasing the proposed design plans for the connector, which would form a local road connection between Merrimac Trail and Pocahontas Trail in James City County, VDOT wrote in a news release.

The public hearing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Abram Frink Community Center, at 8901 Pocahontas Trail.

During the meeting, residents can review the project exhibits and meet with VDOT representatives to ask questions and get more information.

The public hearing is in an open house format and there is no formal presentation.

VDOT has previously hosted other public information sessions for the project, including one about its environmental impact.

The Skiffes Creek Connector is designed to alleviate traffic and improve navigation through the county near Busch Gardens and the Newport News line.

The road is designed to redirect industrial traffic away from James River Elementary School, remove traffic from the Lee Hall area of Newport News and allow easier access to Fort Eustis, according to an online VDOT project page.

Construction is estimated to start in spring 2020.

Residents can give both oral and written comments at the hearing, or submit them in writing to VDOT by May 25.

Written comments should be submitted to John Harman, VDOT, 7511 Burbage Drive, Suffolk, VA 23435 or via email to JohnG.Harman@VDOT.Virginia.gov. Reference “Skiffes Creek Connector Project Comment” in the subject line.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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