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Improving mobility to and through the Peninsula

The Interstate 64 Widening Project in the Richmond and Hampton Roads regions will increase vehicle capacity, resulting in immediate congestion relief along one of the most heavily traveled and congested highway corridors to and through the Virginia Peninsula. 

Hampton Roads

Divided into three segments, improvements include widening this section of I-64 from a four-lane section to six-lanes for approximately 21 miles, starting west of Jefferson Avenue (Exit 255) in Newport News to just west of Newman Road (Exit 234) in York County.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) determined that the use of design-build contracting for this project will expedite delivery and ensure timely authorization of federal funding. 

The design-builder will be able to perform final design, right of way acquisition and utility relocation and some construction activities concurrently.

This project contributes to the Preferred Alternative and contributes to the Purpose and Need elements outlined in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

Richmond

A segment of I-64 widening was recently funded in the Richmond region. Improvements include widening I-64 from a four-lane section to six-lanes for approximately five miles, starting at the I-295 interchange (Exit 200) in Henrico County to the Bottoms Bridge area (Exit 205) in New Kent County.

VDOT determined that the use of design-build contracting for this project will expedite delivery and ensure timely authorization of federal funding. 

The design-builder will be able to perform final design, right of way acquisition and utility relocation and some construction activities concurrently.

This project contributes to the Preferred Alternative and contributes to the Purpose and Need elements outlined in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How will traffic be affected during construction?  Will construction take place at night?

To minimize inconvenience to motorists, no daytime lane closures are planned at this time.

Lane closures and construction information will be announced weekly throughout the duration of the project.

Two lanes in each direction will be maintained throughout construction during the day, with temporary lane closures at night as needed. 

The design-builder will develop detailed plans for maintenance of traffic, which may include shifting traffic towards the existing outside shoulder during construction. 

Emergency pull-off areas for disabled vehicles will be provided as required.

Will there be trees left in the median?  What type of landscaping will be used?

The trees in the median space will be addressed on a case-by-case basis as needed to accommodate stormwater management and cut and fill slopes.

The raised median with concrete barriers will utilize context-sensitive design with low maintenance shrubs or bushes.

Will the interchanges be upgraded? 

Modifications to the interchanges are not included as part of this project.

However, interchange operations will benefit from the additional capacity of the new lanes on I-64 and the lengthening of the acceleration and deceleration ramps.

How will traffic be impacted on the side roads within the project corridor?

No major traffic impacts are expected on the side roads.

However, congestion may be possible during peak travel times or if an incident occurs on the interstate.

Will the interchange ramps be affected during construction?

Yes, there will be some impacts to the interchange ramps during construction to reconstruct the existing pavement. 

This may include some night-time ramp closures. These will be publicized in advance.

When will construction begin and how long will the project take to complete?

The segment of construction in Henrico and New Kent counties will begin in February 2018 and end in fall 2019.

Will the project include fixing the existing travel lanes? 

Yes, the existing pavement will be replaced.

 

Project Milestones

Transportation Board Awards Contract for Widening I-64 in Henrico and New Kent Counties

RICHMOND — At its monthly meeting today, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a contract for approximately $43.4 million to Corman-Branch, a joint venture, of Roanoke, Va. to widen a section of Interstate 64 in Henrico and New Kent counties.

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