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Interstate 64 Capacity Improvements - Segment I

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Spring 2015

Est Completion Date
December 2017

$122 million

Lengths and Limits
From 0.50 miles east of Route 238, Yorktown Road (Exit 247) to 1.55 miles west of Route 143, Jefferson Avenue (Exit 255)

Shirley Contracting

Newport News

Hampton Roads

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About the Project

The I-64 Widening Project in Newport News is the first operationally independent segment of the widening of Interstate 64 (I-64).The purpose and need of this proposed widening project is to provide immediate congestion relief to the roadway corridor. The proposed improvements include the addition of one 12-foot wide travel lane and one 12-foot wide shoulder in each direction to widen this four-lane section of I-64 to a six-lane section. 

This 5.6 mile corridor of I-64 ties into an eight-lane interstate system to the east and is currently the most congested section of the I-64 Peninsula corridor. The widening is expected to occur in the median of the existing interstate, limiting the amount of right of way required to construct the project and avoid impacts to existing interchanges. 

Existing bridges within the corridor will be widened to the inside, providing the same typical section as the roadway. These improvements will increase capacity, minimize geometric and structural deficiencies, provide more lanes for evacuation and improve safety by reducing congestion and improving vehicular level of service.

Project Update

In June 2013, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) adopted the 2014-2019 Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP) that included $100 million in funding for the Interstate 64 Capacity Improvements project. The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) approved and adopted a resolution endorsing six-lane options to provide immediate congestion relief of I-64 between Jefferson Avenue (exit 255) and Humelsine Parkway (exit 242). 

In January 2014, it was determined that the Interstate 64 Capacity Improvements – Segment I project needed to be lengthened past the Fort Eustis Boulevard Interchange to avoid operational impacts to the interchange. To extend the project limits approximately two miles further west, the $100 million estimate was updated to $144 million. The HRTPO Board approved an update to expand the project limits, resulting in an allocation of $44 million from the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund (HRTF) to Segment I of the Interstate 64 Capacity Improvements project. The vote represents the first use of HRTF funds generated by HB2313 and will result in the fast-tracking of a project that is identified as one of the region's highest priorities. The project is estimated to cost $122 million. 

HB2313, enacted into law on July 1, 2013, provides Hampton Roads with approximately $200 million per year in additional transportation funds. The Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) is responsible for the selection of HRTF funds.

Current Status

The groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate start of construction on the project was held on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Initial work on the project began on Sunday, Sept. 13 with milling and paving in the eastbound shoulder lanes. 

VDOT has determined that the use of Design-Build contracting will expedite delivery and ensure timely authorization of federal funding. The Design-Builder will be able to perform final design, right of way acquisition and utility relocation and some construction activities concurrently. This project contributes to the Preferred Alternative and contributes to the Purpose and Need elements outlined in the FEIS.

On Wednesday, February 18, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a contract in the amount of $84.8 million to Shirley Contracting Co. LLC of Lorton, design and construct the first segment of the project, which will span 5.6 miles, from west of Route 143, Jefferson Avenue (exit 255) to just east of Route 238, Yorktown Road (exit 247) in Newport News.

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Traffic Alerts

The following lane closures are scheduled for the I-64 Widening Project for the week of Monday, Oct. 5, through Thursday, Oct. 8. Crews will be conducting paving operations in the shoulder lane between Fort Eustis Boulevard (exit 250) and Jefferson Avenue (exit 255). One travel lane will be open to traffic at all times. All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions.

  • Single-lane closures east- and westbound, 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning. 



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