Corridors of Statewide Significance (CoSS)
Corridors of Statewide Significance (CoSS), originally introduced as Multimodal Investment Networks (MINS) in the Virginia Department of Transportation's VTRANS 2025, were conceptualized as corridors in which high-priority multimodal projects would be implemented - as opposed to a single-mode response to mobility issues - and where statewide investment was to be focused. MINS, presently CoSS, are to accommodate all modes of travel and are comprised of vehicular highways (including parallel roads), rail infrastructure, transit services, airports, and port facilities across the Commonwealth. Additionally, CoSS must connect regions, states, or major activity centers such as cities or large towns; must accommodate a high travel volume; and must provide a unique function to the state and/or address statewide goals.
The reports referenced below contain a variety of information about three CoSS that traverse the West Piedmont Region: the U.S. 29 - Seminole Corridor, the U.S. 58 - Southside Corridor, and the U.S. 220 - North Carolina to West Virginia Corridor. Specifically, these reports include an introduction to each corridor, providing information about the unique attributes of each such as freight utilization, traffic volume and crash data, major distribution centers located in proximity of each corridor, population projections, land use classifications, strategies formulated to enhance the function of each corridor, VTRANS 2035 goals as they pertain to these corridors, strategies from plans other than VTRANS 2035, and a brief conclusion. While these corridors provide a statewide function in Virginia and serve other states, the focus of these reports is on CoSS segments located within the West Piedmont Planning District, which comprises the counties of Franklin, Henry, Patrick, and Pittsylvania; the cities of Danville and Martinsville; and the Town of Rocky Mount.
U.S. 29 - Seminole Corridor (Traverses N/S in Danville-Pittsylvania County)
U.S. 58 - Southside Corridor (Traverses E/W across the Southern Region)
U.S. 220 - North Carolina to West Virginia Corridor (Traverses N/S in Franklin County, Henry County, & Martinsville)