I-564 Intermodal Connector
Project at a Glance
Frank Fabian, P.E
The purpose of this project is to provide a safe, high-speed, highway connection from the existing I-564 to the Norfolk International Terminals and the Norfolk Naval Station. This road realignment will alleviate congestion and improve the level of service on city and naval station streets. The road repositioning will also reduce truck traffic on the adjacent roadways, in addition to being the first section in place for the proposed next project, Patriot's Crossing.
Overall Goals of the Project
- Reduce traffic demand through the underpass at the airfield
- Give direct interstate access to the port authority at the working piers
- Allow for the future Patriot's Crossing project to be accessible via I-564
Key Elements of the Project
- Four lanes separated by a grass median
- A realignment of I-564 for future crossings under the Elizabeth River
- The redirection of truck traffic from Hampton Boulevard to the ports
- Installation of variable message signs and traffic cameras
Navy Triangle Improvements
- Fleet Recreational Park was a replacement recreational facility for the Norfolk Naval Base that allowed VDOT to use the previous site for the widening of Hampton Boulevard and the construction of the I-564 Intermodal Connector.
- Hampton Boulevard will create a grade separation thus eliminating the need to interrupt vehicular traffic for railway movement in to and out of the port terminals.
- The Intermodal Connector will realign I-564 to Hampton Boulevard with improved access into Naval Station Norfolk and Norfolk International Terminals.
- Patriot's Crossing will create a connection from I-564 to I-664 which will travel under the Elizabeth River.
VDOT and the Navy entered into a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in December 2012, to replace the previous agreement that had expired. The RFP was advertised to bidders in early September, followed by a Pre-proposal conference conducted on September 21. At this time, the delivery method will be Design-Build. VDOT, FHWA-EFL and the Navy have finalized an MOA that allows FHWA to manage the bidding and design-build phases of the project. Funds will be transferred to FHWA-EFL upon satisfactory application. Funding is in place. Construction is expected to be complete by June 2017.
Award Design Build-December 2013
Issue Notice to Proceed-February 2014
Final Design Approval-Spring 2015
Construction Complete-June 2017
Public Meeting Items
A public meeting in December 2012.At this meeting, the public was provided information regarding the project’s scope, purpose and need. Representatives from VDOT, the U.S. Navy, the city of Norfolk and FHWA were available to discuss specific issues and answer questions about the project.