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Q: What is the purpose of the US 220 Corridor Study?
A: The purpose of this study is to evaluate potential transportation options designed to facilitate orderly economic growth, improve safety, and accomodate anticipated increased traffic volumes through the study year 2025.
Q: What is the need for the study?
A: Existing US 220 is primarily a two-lane roadway, with grades as steep as nine percent, and deficient roadway geometry in various locations. Capacity of the existing roadway network is inadequate to accomodate future traffic growth, economic development and commerce.
Q: What are the limits of the study?
A: The study limits extend from I-68, in the vicinity of MD 53, in Allegany County Maryland to "Corridor H" (the vicinity of Route 93, in the town of Scherr) in West Virginia.
Q: What are the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for the study?
A: A Tier I Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared for the study. Tier I studies are typically broader in scope, analyzing large land areas, issues and impacts identified in the NEPA process.
Q: What is Tiering?
A: Tiering is a process for completing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements in two seperate phases, generally refferred to as "Tiers." Under Tier I, generalized travel corridors will be evaluated, giving consideration to major environmental factors throughout the planning stage. At the conclusion of Tier I, a record of decision will be sought on the selected corridor. During Tier II, detailed alternatives of potential transportation improvements within the selected corridor are developed.
Q: What are the goals of the study team?
A: The study team is comprised of representatives of the West Virginia Department of Highways and the Maryland State Highway Adminstration. The study team will analyze several proposed corridors (approximately 40 miles each), with the study area extending through all or parts of Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, and Mineral Counties, in West Virgina and Allegany County, in Maryland. The study team will also determine which of the corridors will be taken into the next phase of the study (Tier II).
Q: To what level is the US 220 Corridor Study funded?
A: The study has funding in place to complete the Tier I phase of the study.



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