VDOT News - Hampton Roads



Brittany McBride 757-925-1515

Aug. 10, 2018

Shoulder strengthening work to begin Sunday, August 12

NEWPORT NEWS —Construction is scheduled to begin Sunday, August 12, weather permitting, on the third of three segments to widen approximately 21 miles total on Interstate 64 in Newport News, James City County and York County.

The third operationally-independent segment is a $178.3 million project awarded to Shirley Contracting Company that will add a lane and shoulder in each direction for 8.25 miles, from 1.15 miles west of Route 199/Lightfoot (exit 234) to 1.05 miles west of the Humelsine Parkway/Marquis Center Parkway (exit 242) in York County. Initial work will include shoulder strengthening operations beginning in the westbound direction, followed by similar work in the eastbound direction. The project is estimated to be complete in fall 2021.

In addition to widening the interstate, other major project improvements include:

  • Repair and widening of four bridges at Colonial Parkway and Lakeshead Drive
  • Replacement of the two bridges over Queens Creek
  • Repair and extension of three major culverts
  • Lengthening of acceleration and deceleration lanes at the interchanges
  • Reconfiguration of the I-64 east off-ramp to Route 143 and the addition of a signalized stop at the end of the ramp

As seen in Segment II, Segment III will utilize recycled materials and other environmentally- friendly and cost-effective processes including Cold Central Plant Recycling and Full Depth Reclamation during lane construction. In total, the first 18 inches of pavement structure are almost entirely produced from recycled materials, resulting in an estimated cost savings of $15 million total on Segments II and III. According to the Virginia Transportation Research Council, this is one of the largest pavement recycling projects in the U.S. right now.

To minimize inconvenience to motorists, two travel lanes in each direction will remain open to traffic throughout construction during the day, with temporary weeknight closures scheduled overnight as needed. All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions.

Project information and construction updates are available on the project website at www.i64widening.org, on Twitter, Facebook, and NextDoor.com.


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