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

HRO-58142

May 31, 2012



THE LOCALS KNOW THE I-664 MONITOR-MERRIMAC MEMORIAL BRIDGE-TUNNEL IS THE WAY TO GO
I-664 recommended for those heading to Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks

SUFFOLK – Summer is a season often associated with travel, relaxation and fun in the sun. So, as many locals and tourists prepare to take to the region’s roadways, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) encourages motorists, again this summer, to try an alternate route.

Less well known to visitors Interstate 664 Monitor Merrimac-Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT), celebrated its 20th Anniversary in April, still remains the local’s way to go during congested times of travel. This bridge-tunnel facility is a viable option for those coming to town and for those who choose to travel through to North Carolina. The probability of congestion at the Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) is almost three times more likely to occur during summer months, with the average weekend delay lasting more than two hours.

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.

VDOT began a public awareness campaign last week to encourage area visitors to use the I-664 alternate route and to avoid the HRBT. The campaign includes billboards on I-64 in Newport News, Hampton and Route 168 in Chesapeake, radio and television spots, Facebook ads, cross branding with tourism websites, and tourism magazine placement.

Before traveling, download the new 511 application (app) to your iPhone or Droid or visit the 511 website or to plan your route. While on the road, watch for the new travel time signs that will you alert you to the quickest route to your destination.
Motorists are also encouraged to visit 511, Twitter, Facebook, and for more information about the suggested route prior to planning a trip this summer. Visit the campaign website http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/mmmbt_promotion.asp to see more information. Be in the know while on the go.

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).
Motorists are encouraged to visit www.va511.org , call 511 or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information.



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