Nimmo Parkway Phase VII-B, CIP2-110

April 13, 2020  Update

The development of the project's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document is still ongoing. Over the past year the NEPA Environmental Assessment (EA) has been growing as draft sections and related technical studies are reviewed and coordinated with VDOT and FHWA. While this process takes time, the City continues to move closer toward a completed draft EA document. The timeline for having a complete document will become clearer as additional sections of the document are finalized.  Based on the current status, the City anticipates having a final draft EA by Winter 2020-21. 

Other design activities have been ongoing in concurrence with the NEPA coordination. Field work and the associated on-site data collection have been completed. This has allowed the project to move forward with preliminary roadway design. The preliminary design and the field data will be used in the NEPA document as well as future permitting efforts. This preliminary design is important because it will be our starting point for evaluating the project corridor and will continue to evolve as we get further into the environmental permitting process.

​​​Project Description​​​​​

​​This project is for the construction of Nimmo Parkway Phase VII-B, a two-lane undivided roadway with shoulders, on-road bike lanes, and a single shared-use path. The project is the second phase of Nimmo Parkway VII, which has limits from Albuquerque Drive to the western terminus of the Sandbridge Road-Nimmo Phase VII-A project (CIP 2-078). This project will include a bridge spanning Asheville Bridge Creek and the adjacent flood plain/ wetlands area. The project will also have design considerations for recurrent flooding and future sea level rise.​

April 10, 2019 Update 

The main project activity at the moment is preparation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document. This document is a federal requirement due to the allocation of FY 2025 Regional Surface Transportation Program funds placed on the project. The first section of the NEPA document has been submitted to VDOT for review, with more technical studies ongoing. An environmental agency scoping meeting was held April 3rd 2019. This meeting is a big milestone in the environmental process for the project. The meeting identified many key state and federal agency stakeholders who will provide input and comments on environmental permitting efforts as the project moves forward. In the next couple weeks we anticipate receiving comments from those in attendance and continuing to develop our NEPA document.​ 

Preliminary design activities have also begun on the project. The majority of design work to date includes field studies and on-site data collection for the purposes of environmental, geotechnical, and noise study. This design work also includes preliminary traffic analysis conducted by the City’s design consultant in coordination with the Public Works Traffic Engineering division. 

​​​Project History

This project first appeared in the 1990-94 CIP as project 2-150 Ferrell Parkway Phase VI and VII (Partial). The project was removed from the CIP after VDOT funding was transferred to Independence Boulevard Phase IV-C. Ferrell Parkway Phases VI and VII were re-named Nimmo Parkway Phases VI and VII in the FY 2015-20 CIP. The funds appropriated to date are slated for design activities and environmental permitting.