Jennifer Gwaltney 757-925-2583

Feb. 28, 2012

Change to take effect beginning March 1

HAMPTON ROADS –Beginning March 1, 2012, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will increase the speed limit from 55 miles per hour to 60 miles per hour along three sections of roadway:
• I-64 from Hampton Roads Center Parkway to Hampton Coliseum at I-664
• I-664 from Hampton Coliseum to Bowers Hill
• I-64 from Bowers Hill to the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake city line

This increase includes travel through the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel (MMBT). Portions of I-664 are already 60 miles per hour, and this change creates a consistent speed limit along this section of the Interstate corridor.

The decision to increase the speed limit was based on a traffic engineering study of the eastbound and westbound corridors of I-64 and I-664. The studies examined traffic patterns, speeds, traffic volume, crash history, entrance and exit points, roadway characteristics and other design factors before recommending speed limit changes.

“The goal of the speed limit increase is to keep traffic moving in each lane at relatively similar speeds,” said Mike Corwin, VDOT Hampton Roads Regional Traffic Engineer. Traveling at similar speeds reduces the need for lane changes and the likelihood of accidents.

Studies have shown that large variations in speed may lead to accidents as faster traffic slows down or changes lanes to avoid slower drivers ahead. As the alternate route from the Peninsula to the Southside, the I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel route will now have a higher speed limit than the conventional route through the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and thereby help facilitate traffic flow during peak travel times.

Motorists are advised to be alert to the new speed limits and to obey all traffic laws. Virginia State Police will be enforcing the increased speed limit once crews begin posting the new signs.

The installation schedule for the new speed limit signs will be as follows, weather conditions permitting:

City of Chesapeake
I-64 Westbound: March 1
I-64 Eastbound:  March 2

Cities of Chesapeake/Suffolk/Newport News/Hampton
I-664 Northbound: March 5
I-664 Southbound: March 6

City of Hampton
I-64 Westbound: March 7
I-64 Eastbound:  March 8


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