Delivering Transportation Solutions to the Region

The HRTPO kicked off the Regional Connectors Study in June 2018 with funding from the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC). The study focuses on Hampton Roads connectivity through the lenses of congestion relief, economic vitality, resiliency, accessibility, and quality of life.

The HRTPO Regional Connectors Study builds upon the work examined in the Hampton Roads Crossing Study (HRCS) Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) including the following segments:

  • VA 164
  • I-564 Connector
  • VA 164 Connector
  • I-664 Connector
  • I-664 widening (from I-64 in Hampton to US 460/58/13 in Chesapeake)

Once complete, the Regional Connectors Study will provide a long-term vision for connectivity improvements between the Peninsula and Southside, with recommendations for segment tiering and further evaluation.

Visit the Scenario Planning page to learn more about the Study approach and process.


Study Approach

The Regional Connectors Study includes: 

  • Phase 1 Scope
    • Stakeholder interviews
    • A regional public survey
    • Existing traffic data collection and analysis
  • Phase 2 Scope
    • Scenario planning
    • Future traffic projections and analysis
  • Phase 3 Scope
    • Segment evaluation — cost and construction complexity review, permitting challenges, project readiness, congestion relief
    • Public meetings
    • Scenario testing and traffic operational analysis
    • Segment tiering

Phase 3 Study Timeline

Phase 3 Study Timeline through December 2023

Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the HRTPO completing the Regional Connectors Study?
To complete the appropriate studies, designs, funding analyses, and documentation necessary to determine feasibility, permit-ability, and transportation benefits necessary to advance corridor improvement alternatives.
How is the study being funded?
The study is funded through the Hampton Road Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC).
What is the purpose of the study?
The study will focus Hampton Roads connectivity through the lenses of economic vitality, resiliency, accessibility, and quality of life.
Who is conducting the study?
The HRTPO will lead the study, with collaboration from two regional stakeholder groups – the Working Group and Steering (Policy) Committee. Technical experts from seven area cities, regulatory agencies, and other key stakeholders, such as the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy, Virginia Port Authority, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Army Corps. Of Engineers, Virginia Department of Transportation, and HRTAC comprise the Working Group. Elected officials from the same seven cities comprise the Steering (Policy) Committee.
What geographic areas does the study focus on?
The “Southside” including Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Franklin, Southampton County, and Isle of Wight County. The “Peninsula” including Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, as well as James City County and York County.
What are segment tiers?
After evaluation, the mandatory segments will be divided into three tiers for further analysis:
  • Tier 1: Segments ready for advancement and recommended for consideration in the fiscally constrained portion of the 2050 HRTPO Long Range Transportation Plan.
  • Tier 2: Segments which require further refinement and maturation, will be recommended for consideration in the 2050 Regional Transportation Vision Plan, as developed by the HRTPO.
  • Tier 3: Those segments that due to technical challenges and uncertainties will be further developed at an appropriate time in the future.
Will any segments be eliminated from consideration?
No, segments are not eliminated from consideration. They will be tiered for further review and future consideration by HRTPO.
Will tolls be increased?
No tolls other than existing toll facilities and future express lanes were considered for any of the alternatives.
How will the outcomes of the study be communicated?
Copies of the study documents are available on the resources page or you can contact us at 757-776-0362.
What happens after the study is complete?
The HRTPO board will vote on the tiered segments. Once approved, Tier 1 segments will be recommended for consideration in the fiscally constrained 2050 HRTPO Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Tier 2 segments will be recommended for inclusion in the 2050 Regional Transportation Vision Plan. Because the LRTP must include projects with available funding identified, not all recommendations are guaranteed inclusion in the final 2050 LRTP.
After the study is complete and projects are selected, when will construction start?
Construction of the segments is subject to inclusion in the fiscally constrained Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and the availability of funding. Once adopted into the LRTP, a funding/construction timetable will be established by HRTAC, in conjunction with HRTPO and VDOT.