The Chamber’s Regional Board of Directors and Trustees meeting held on June 22 featured guest speaker Dwight Farmer, Executive Director for the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO). Farmer presented the organization’s 2034 Long-Range Transportation Plan, saying, “We need to get rid of congestion and increase the economy.” Based on this plan, Farmer predicts congestion will be gone by 2030. The roads will still be full, but congestion will go away.
Farmer explained that the first step in creating the plan was to evaluate 155 transportation projects. These projects were chosen based off a scoring process that included three categories: utility, viability, and economic vitality. Each category had a possible score of 100. The project that scored the highest was the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/MLK Extension (Hampton Blvd. to I-264) with a score of 242 out of 300. Seventeen other projects were chosen to be funded, including Dominion Blvd. and Route 17.
The HRTPO held a public meeting in Chesapeake on June 23 to discuss the plan, and another meeting is scheduled for June 30 in Williamsburg. For more information about the HRTPO, visit www.hrtpo.org.