Kristen Wells 757-272-8558
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July 30, 2009
I-64 BATTLEFIELD BOULEVARD PROJECT IN CHESAPEAKE
All lanes, ramps and bridges are open for use by motorists
Local contractor E.V. Williams of Norfolk, Virginia broke ground in May 2006 with a contract completion date of July 31, 2009. The project replaced the Battlefield Boulevard interchange on I-64 and widened two miles of the interstate from six lanes to 14 lanes to help improve traffic and reduce congestion.
Crews have finished their work on schedule and have removed the last of the orange barrels that have been seen as a staple throughout the area for more than three years.
“We are excited to reach the completion of such a noteworthy project for our region,” says Dennis Heuer, P.E., VDOT district administrator for the Hampton Roads district. “This project allowed us an opportunity to reach out and build stronger relationships with the Chesapeake community. We share the success of this project with Chesapeake residents and businesses as it is a result of their continued support.”
The I-64 Battlefield Boulevard Project incorporated new and innovative design processes for the Hampton Roads region. A concrete recycling operation located on-site in 2008 lessened the environmental implications and improved safety for the project, eliminated the daily interfacing of construction vehicles with thousands of motorists traveling along the interstate.
Additionally, this project was the first in Hampton Roads to incorporate braided ramp structures. Braided ramps consist of one overhead ramp and one underpass ramp that braid together in travel lanes separated from the main interstate travel lanes. This increases motorist safety by allowing for trouble-free merge conditions on and off the interstate at Greenbrier Parkway.
E.V. Williams completed the I-64 Battlefield Boulevard project within budget for $98.6 million and by the fixed contract completion date of July 31, 2009.
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