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Brooke Grow 757-925-1515
Brooke.Grow@vdot.virginia.gov

HRO-52778

May 23, 2011



VDOT ENCOURAGES MOTORISTS SEEKING SUN AND SAND TO USE ALTERNATE ROUTE FOR SUMMER TRAVEL
I-664 recommended for those heading to Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks

SUFFOLK –As many motorists are planning to pack up the family and head to destinations such as Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) encourages vacationers to try an alternate route this summer. With the likely hood of congestion expected at the Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT), the less well known Interstate 664 Monitor Merrimac-Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT) presents itself as a viable option for those coming to town and those who choose to travel through to North Carolina.

When traveling from routes northwest of the Hampton Roads region, motorists are encouraged to use the I-664 MMMBT, off of I-64 East, to make getting to their destinations a breeze. While the mileage to reach some beaches could be greater, the time spent idling in traffic is statistically reduced.

 

Tunnel Option

Between Memorial Day

& Labor Day 2010

Average Duration

Hampton Roads 

Bridge-Tunnel

152 Congestion Entries

207 Minutes

Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel

36 Congestion Entries

63 Minutes

 

 

VDOT began a public awareness campaign this month to encourage area visitors to use the I-664 alternate route and avoid the HRBT. The campaign includes billboards on I-64 in Newport News and Route 168 in Chesapeake, on-line banner advertisements and tourism magazine placement. Motorists are also encouraged to visit 511, Twitter, Facebook, and www.virginiadot.org for more information about the suggested route prior to planning a trip this summer.

Alternate Routes for both destinations are as follows:
Motorists heading to Virginia Beach from points north and northwest around Richmond should take I-64 East, to I-664 (Exit # 264) to I-264 (Exit # 15 A), which will lead them to the oceanfront. When leaving the oceanfront to return home, motorists should take I-264 West to I-664 North (Exit #299) to I-64 West (Exit #1 A).
Motorists heading to the Outer Banks from the peninsula on I-64 East should take I-664 (Exit #264) to I-64 West (Exit #15 B) to Route168 South/Chesapeake Expressway (Exit #290-291). As they head home from the Outer Banks, motorists should take the Chesapeake Expressway to Exit # 1 Suffolk/Richmond (I-64 East) to Exit # 299 Richmond (I-664 North) to Exit # 1 A (I-64 West).

As always, motorists are encouraged to visit www.va511.org , call 511 or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 610 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information.



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