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Southeast High Speed Rail – Richmond, VA, to Raleigh, NC
Tier II Draft Environmental Impact Statement

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Overview
Welcome to the Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) Tier II Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) website. The SEHSR project proposes to implement approximately 162 miles of high speed rail as part of an overall plan to extend high speed passenger rail service from the Northeast Corridor (Boston to Washington, DC) southward through Virginia to Charlotte, NC. The Richmond to Raleigh portion includes nearly 100 new bridges/overpasses that, when combined with existing bridges/overpasses, will create a fully grade-separated system to ensure the safety of passengers and crews, motorists and the surrounding community.

The project corridor generally follows the CSX S-line from Main Street Station, Richmond, VA, to Centralia, VA, then the CSX A-line to Collier Yard, Petersburg, VA. South of Collier Yard the corridor follows the Burgess Connector rail line to Burgess, VA, and the former Seaboard Air Line (S-line) to Norlina, NC, where the S-line returns to an active freight railroad. In Raleigh, NC, the study corridor includes two alternatives: the western branch follows the existing Norfolk Southern (NS) NS-line; the eastern branch continues to follow the CSX S-line. The two branches rejoin before the terminus of the project at the Boylan Wye. 

The Tier I EIS completed in 2002 established the purpose and need for the overall project and selected a preferred corridor between Washington, DC, and Charlotte, NC. This Tier II DEIS evaluates detailed study alternatives within this preferred corridor between Richmond and Raleigh In the Tier II DEIS, the project corridor is divided into 26 sections. There are three alternatives in each section, and each rail alternative includes an associated set of highway improvements. In many areas, the alternatives are concurrent. The endpoints of each of the 26 sections are in locations where the alternative alignments are in a common location. The alternatives are evaluated section by section based on impacts to the human and natural environment, as well as costs and constructability, allowing a “best-fit” preferred alternative to be developed for the entire study corridor. 

Public Hearing Schedule
Public hearings were held throughout July in North Carolina and Virginia. We appreciate those who attended and participated.

Below each hearing date are downloadable PDF versions of materials distributed during the meetings.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
  • SEHSR Main
  • Warren County

  • Panels:
  • Welcome
  • Reasons
  • Noise Vibration
  • Next Steps
  • Warren County, NC Northside Elementary School
    164 Elementary Avenue
    Norlina, NC 27563
    Thursday, July 15, 2010
  • SEHSR Main
  • Brunswick/Mecklenburg Counties
  • Presentation

  • Panels:
  • Welcome
  • Reasons
  • Noise Vibration
  • Next Steps
  • Brunswick & Mecklenburg Counties, VA Southside Virginia Community College
    Christanna Campus
    109 Campus Drive
    Alberta, VA 23821
    Tuesday, July 20, 2010
  • SEHSR Main
  • Richmond
  • Presentation

  • Panels:
  • Welcome
  • Reasons
  • Noise Vibration
  • Next Steps
  • Richmond, VA Virginia DMV Cafeteria
    2300 W. Broad Street, 1st floor
    Richmond, VA 23269
    Wednesday, July 21, 2010
  • SEHSR Main
  • Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights & Petersburg
  • Presentation

  • Panels:
  • Welcome
  • Reasons
  • Noise Vibration
  • Next Steps
  • Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, & Petersburg, VA Union Station
    103 River Street
    Petersburg, VA 23804
    Thursday, July 22, 2010
  • SEHSR Main
  • Dinwiddie County
  • Presentation

  • Panels:
  • Welcome
  • Reasons
  • Noise Vibration
  • Next Steps
  • Dinwiddie County Sunnyside Elementary School
    10203 Sunnyside Road
    McKenney, VA 23872
    Monday, July 26, 2010
  • SEHSR Main
  • Wake County

  • Panels:
  • Welcome
  • Reasons
  • Noise Vibration
  • Next Steps
  • Wake County, NC Raleigh Convention Center
    500 South Salisbury Street
    Raleigh NC 27601
    Tuesday, July 27, 2010
  • SEHSR Main
  • Vance County

  • Panels:
  • Welcome
  • Reasons
  • Noise Vibration
  • Next Steps
  • Vance County, NC Aycock Elementary School
    305 Carey Chapel Road
    Henderson, NC 27537
    Thursday, July 29, 2010
  • SEHSR Main
  • Franklin County

  • Panels:
  • Welcome
  • Reasons
  • Noise Vibration
  • Next Steps
  • Franklin County, NC Franklinton High School Gym
    6948 N. Cheatham Street
    1 block north of Mason Street
    (enter via Rams Way, GPS
    users should enter “Cheatham
    & Vine, Franklinton, NC”)
    Franklinton, NC 27525

    Download the DEIS and Public Hearing Maps
    The DEIS is composed of three volumes.  Volume I contains the main document. Volume II contains the appendices. Volume III contains 11”x17” overview maps of the project alternatives displayed on aerial photography. Large-scale public hearing maps with detailed designs are also available for download.
    Click here to download DEIS volumes.
    Click here to download Virginia maps.
    Click here to download North Carolina maps.

    Viewing Locations
    Copies of the DEIS and appendices are available for review at the following locations:

    • Richmond Main Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA
    • Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, 9211 Forest Hill Avenue, Suite 200, Richmond, VA
    • Chesterfield County Central Public Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chester, VA
    • Colonial Heights Public Library, 1000 Yacht Basin Drive, Colonial Heights, VA
    • Petersburg Central Public Library, 137 S. Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA
    • Crater District Planning Commission, 1964 Wakefield Street, Petersburg, VA
    • Dinwiddie County Planning Department, 14016 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie, VA
    • Southside Virginia Community College Library, Christianna Campus, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA
    • Southside Planning District Commission, 200 S. Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill, VA
    • Norlina Town Hall, 101 Main Street, Norlina, NC
    • NCDOT District 3 Office, 321 Gillburg Road, Henderson, NC
    • Franklinton Branch Public Library, 9 West Mason Street, Franklinton, NC
    • NCDOT District 1 Office, 4009 District Drive, Raleigh, NC

    For More Information
    For more information about the SEHSR project, please contact one of the project managers:

    Marc Hamel
    Rail Project Development Engineer
    NC Department of Transportation
    Rail Division
    (919) 733-7245, ext. 270
    Christine Fix, AICP
    Rail Planning Coordinator
    Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
    (804) 786-1052
    christine.fix@drpt.virginia.gov

    You may also reach us via the project’s toll-free hotline: (877) 749-7245