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Sept. 3, 2014



SAFETY ALERT: 26 WORK ZONE INCIDENTS REPORTED DURING I-64/I-264 PAVEMENT REHABILITATION PROJECT
VDOT urges drivers to watch speed limits, respect work zones

NORFOLK, Va. – Work zone safety and the safety of motorists are always top priorities for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). That’s why multiple incidents in area work zones along the I-64/I-264 pavement rehabilitation corridor are raising concerns.   

Since February 2014, the Virginia State Police (VSP) has investigated 26 incidents in the project’s work zones. Most are caused by excessive speed, driver inattention and driver impairment. The key to eliminating these dangerous encounters is for motorists to always slow down and pay attention when traveling through work zones.  

VDOT and the VSP are working together to improve safety within work zones.  Motorists can expect more state police troopers within the zones throughout the remainder of the project. The city of Virginia Beach is also supporting VDOT’s efforts by conducting additional sobriety checkpoints to prevent impaired motorists from driving on city and state roadways.  

“It’s important to remember that when we drive through a work zone, there are VDOT workers and contract workers, as well as Virginia State Police,” said VDOT Hampton Roads District Administrator James S. Utterback. “Residents and visitors to the Hampton Roads area must help protect our crews and fellow motorists by driving safely through work zones.”  

While VDOT continues to emphasize safety, construction crews are also making significant strides on the I-64 and I-264 pavement rehabilitation. Since the project’s inception in April 2014, crews have restored 37 percent of the 163 lane-miles included in the rehab. The estimated project completion date is fall 2015.
During the project’s first four months, construction crews have reached significant milestones under a challenging schedule as the vast majority of pavement operations are performed on weeknights, Sunday through Thursday, to accommodate motorists’ daily travel needs.  
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“Great progress has been made on this project over a short period of time, and we thank our dedicated project crews and Hampton Roads motorists for their patience and understanding during construction,” said Utterback.
Designed to extend the life of the region’s aging highway system by 15 years or more, the $128 million, 18-month restoration project is a collaborative effort among VDOT and three design-build contractors who have been tasked with targeting some of the most troubled sections of concrete pavement on Hampton Roads’ interstate highways. The project’s scope of work includes extensive concrete patching, the installation of pavement overlay, adjustments to median barriers and guardrails, and minor drainage improvements.

The highway improvements require multiple lane and ramp closures throughout the life of the project. Lane closure times among the three interstate segments range from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Weekend lane closures are limited and are announced in advance.

For information on lane closures and alternate routes prior to traveling in the work zone area, watch for VDOT variable message signs, call 511 or visit 511virginia.org or VDOT’s new portal, virginiaroads.org.  A dedicated I-64 and I-264 Pavement Rehabilitation website, www.repavehr.com, provides motorists with detailed project information and updates. Drivers can also download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app, listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM, or follow us on Twitter, @VaDOTHR.

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Fact Sheet: VDOT Pavement Rehabilitation Construction Update

I-64 from Little Creek Road Bridge to Bridge over Curlew Drive and
I-264 from Claiborne Avenue Bridge to Broad Creek Bridge
Distance: 10 miles | 67 Lane Miles
Contractor:  Lane Construction Inc.

• Percentage of segment complete: 18.5 percent
• Concrete patching
o I-264 segment completed;
o I-64 segment completion expected by mid-September 2014
• Concrete Patching/Square Yards
o 1,560 square yards completed; 832 square yards remaining
• Thin Hot Mix Asphalt Concrete Overlay (THMACO) Installation
o I-64 Westbound, I-264: Completed by VDOT in winter 2013
o I-64 Eastbound: Completed in May 2014
• Stone Matrix Asphalt (SMA) Application
o I-264 Eastbound:
 7,950 tons installed; 2,973 tons remaining
 Expected completion: Mid-September
o I-264 Westbound:
 3,404 tons installed; 10,275 tons remaining
 Expected completion: End of September
o I-64: Scheduled for late September
• Barrier Wall Reconstruction
o I-264: Median and outside shoulder barrier modifications completed
o I-64: Outside shoulder barrier modifications completed; Median barrier modifications to begin early September
• Guardrail Modifications: To begin after paving operations are completed

I-64 HRBT to Little Creek Road Bridge
Distance: 5 miles | 20 Lane Miles
Contractor:  Branscome Inc.

• Percentage of segment complete: 60 percent
• Concrete Patching: Completed early June 2014
• Concrete Patching/Square Yards: 3,700 square yards completed
• THMACO Installation:  Completed late June with 7,000 tons installed  
• SMA Application:
o 8,000 tons installed; 20,000 tons remaining
o Expected completion: Late October 2014
• Barrier Wall Reconstruction.  2,000 linear feet of concrete barrier wall modified and raised from mid-August through the end of August.  
• Guardrail Modifications: To begin in late August and completed November 2014.

I-264 Railroad Bridge West of Witchduck Road to Parks Avenue
Distance: 12 miles | 76 Lane Miles
Contractor: Curtis Contracting Inc.

• Percentage of segment complete: 28.7 percent
• Concrete Patching:
o I-264 Eastbound: Expected completion: Early September
o I-264 Westbound: Expected completion: Spring 2015
• Concrete Patching/Square Yards:
o I-264 Eastbound: Approximately 32,500 square yards completed
o I-264  Westbound: Approximately 18,200 square yards completed
o Square Yards Remaining:  To be determined based on roadway inspections
• THMACO Installation:
o I-264 Eastbound
 8,816 tons installed; 8,184 tons remaining
 Expected completion: End of September
o I-264 Westbound: Scheduled for fall 2014
• SMA Application:
o I-264 Eastbound:
 7,681 tons installed; approximately 99,167 tons remaining
 Expected Completion: Summer 2015
o I-264 Westbound: Scheduled for summer and fall 2015
• Barrier Wall Reconstruction: Scheduled for September 2014  
• Guardrail Modifications: Scheduled for fall 2014 and winter 2015

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