I-264/Witchduck Road Interchange and Ramp Extension
Project at a Glance
Advertisement in Spring/Summer 2017
Lengths and Limits
I-264 before Newtown Road Interchange through Witchduck Road Interchange
Norfolk and Virginia Beach
VDOT Public Affairs
Project History and Purpose
Under the current conditions, heavy congestion exists from Interstate 64 west to Interstate 264 east at the I-64/I-264 interchange.
To relieve this congestion and improve the traffic operations from westbound I-64 to eastbound I-264, a ramp widening and new system of collector-distributor (CD) roads will be built.
The addition of a CD road will affected the existing geometry and operation of the downstream interchanges at Newtown Road and Witchduck Road.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be managing construction of this project, with funding allocated by the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, from the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund.
The I-264/Witchduck Road Interchange and Ramp Extension Project improvements include design of a two/three lane C-D road along eastbound I-264 (where the other project ends). The south side of the Newtown Road interchange will be reconfigured to improve the traffic operations. The off-ramp from eastbound I-264 to Newtown Road will continue to provide access to southbound Newtown Road and to Greenwich Road. The existing loop ramp in the southwest quadrant of the interchange will be replaced with a new ramp in the southeast quadrant of the interchange from Greenwich Road to eastbound I-264. In addition, the radius of the loop ramp from eastbound I-264 to northbound Newtown Road will be increased to meet current design standards.
The new C-D road serving the Newtown Road interchange will be extended eastward to the Witchduck Road interchange before merging into mainline eastbound I-264. This extension includes widening the existing bridge over the former Norfolk Southern Railroad corridor and providing an off-ramp to Witchduck Road. The new two-lane off-ramp will be aligned with the existing Grayson Road intersection and will provide access to both directions of Witchduck Road and to Grayson Road. This off-ramp will replace the existing loop ramp in the southeast quadrant of the interchange. Changing the access to Witchduck Road in this manner will improve traffic operations at this intersection.
In order to align the off-ramp from I-264 with Grayson Road, it is necessary to close Greenwich Road at Witchduck Road. To mitigate the impacts of this closure, an overpass will connect Greenwich Road on the south side of I-264 with Cleveland Street on the north side of I-264. This connection provides additional access from the south side of I-264 to the north side of I-264. The existing Greenwich Road east of the overpass will end at a cul-de-sac west of the Witchduck Road interchange.
Right of Way operations are still ongoing for the project. The project is expected to be advertised in January of 2017.
This is the second of two projects in the corridor. The first project to begin construction will be the I-64/I-264 Ramp Improvement project.