RD814 - A Study of the Commonwealth's Primary Evacuation Routes

Executive Summary:

*This report was replaced in its entirety by the Department of Transportation on December 29, 2021.

At the time of this study, there is no established definition for "primary evacuation routes" in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VDOT, with confirmation from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, created a map of and studied the state-maintained roads included in state-supported evacuation plans and the Corridors of Statewide Significance (CoSS). State evacuation plans include the Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Operations Plan (COVEOP) Hurricane & Tropical Storm Response Annex, Northern Virginia Evacuation Plan, and the COVEOP Radiological Response Annex plans for both the North Anna and Surry Nuclear Power Stations. VDOT included the CoSS for consistency with the Commonwealth's comprehensive approach to all-hazards planning for emergency management and national planning guidance to ensure all levels of government are supported in their efforts to develop and maintain viable all-hazards, all-threats emergency operations plans.(*1) Evacuation routes identified in state plans, along with the CoSS, will be the primary evacuation routes for this study.

On the primary evacuation routes, VDOT does not recommend any additional improvements at this time. Improvements to the infrastructure along the primary evacuation routes are included in the Six-Year Improvement Program.(*2) Key funding programs utilize project prioritization and selection processes that are focused on achieving the maximum benefit for the level of investment. VDOT does continuous assessments of road infrastructure. Assessments are completed and reported via the State of Good Repair Program, including pavements and structures. Additionally, a needs assessment for the CoSS includes data-driven analysis and stakeholder feedback to develop quantitative performance measures to identify the corridors' needs.
(*1) https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/2020-07/developing-maintaining-emergency-operations-plans.pdf
(*2) http://syip.virginiadot.org/Pages/allProjects.aspx