The Hampton Roads stretch of I-64 is undergoing vast improvements to help alleviate congestion. The first segment undergoing construction will take place in the Newport News area of the region.
The I-64 Capacity Improvement project will include the addition of one 12-foot-wide travel lane and one 12-foot-wide shoulder in each direction. This will widen the four-lane section of I-64 to six lanes. Existing bridges along the I-64 corridor also will be widened. In addition to aiding with an ease of congestion, these updates will increase capacity, provide more lanes for evacuation purposes and improve safety.
Construction is expected to begin on the estimated $144 million project in winter 2014. HB2313 will provide $200 million per year to fund the project. Completion is expected in late 2018. More information about this project can be found here.
The recent announcement of the I-64 widening will bring much needed relief to Hampton Roads drivers, and Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms says there are more traffic relief projects on the way. As of today, there’s a funding plan for eight, one of which is the I-64/I-264 interchange, which Sessoms claims is “the most backed up intersection probably in the Commonwealth of Virginia if someone’s trying to come to Virginia Beach, Norfolk or Chesapeake.” Sessoms also mentioned they’re looking into one or two water crossings, which could mean more tolls.
From The Daily Press
Traffic relief is finally on the way for the Hampton Roads community. Later this month, work will begin on the widening of a busy 5.6-mile portion of Interstate 64. One travel and one shoulder lane will be added, which will grow the interstate from four to six lanes. Governor Terry McAuliffe spoke highly of the expansion, saying it will “reduce congestion delays, improve traffic safety, and most importantly … make sure if an incident occurred with the weather that we would be able to evacuate folks in Hampton Roads." The project is slated for completion at the end of 2017.
Project to ease congestion on corridor
The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has awarded a contract for approximately $84.8 million dollars to Shirley Contracting Company, LLC of Lorton, Va. to widen a section of Interstate 64 in the Newport News area.