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Dawn Eischen (804) 524-6179
Richmondinfo@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Tom Jewell (804) 524-6387
RICH-0629

Aug. 24, 2006




I-64 EAST TRAFFIC TO ONE LANE OVER THE WEEKEND; EXPECT MAJOR DELAYS
VDOT to open bridge to five lanes on Monday

HENRICO COUNTY, Va.— As a major milestone in the completion of phase two of the Interstate 64 bridge widening and rehabilitation project over the Acca railroad switching yard, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will open the two remaining lanes on I-64 east, weather permitting, on Monday, August 28 at 6 a.m. This will allow for a total of five lanes across the bridge.

Beginning Friday, August 25 at 8 p.m. through Monday, August 28 at 6 a.m., weather permitting, there will be a traffic shift and lane closure on I-64 east that will allow workers to complete the final paving and marking of the eastbound lanes. One lane of travel will be open to traffic during the weekend. However, should conditions allow, two travel lanes may be opened during daylight hours. Motorists can expect major delays on I-64 east between Glenside Drive (exit 183) and Laburnum Ave (exit 186), especially during peak travel times. In addition, there will be intermittent closures of the I-64 east ramp from Staples Mill Road for paving. I-64 east will open to five lanes over the bridge by Monday morning rush hour.

Weekend motorists traveling on I-64 east into Richmond are encouraged to use Route 250 (Broad Street/Glenside Drive, exit 183) and follow Broad Street east into the city. Through travelers to points north and east of Richmond are encouraged to use I-295 (exit 177) as an alternate. Travelers to points south of Richmond are advised to use Route 288 (exit 174).

The $23 million project is currently two months ahead of schedule. This project will improve the current 42-year-old structure, reduce congestion at Bryan Park and provide two additional entrance and exit lanes in each direction (for a total of 10 lanes across the bridge), offering a continuous merge lane from Staples Mill Road to the Laburnum Avenue/I-195 interchange. The project is anticipated to be complete by November 2007.

For more information about the I-64 Acca Yard bridge widening and rehabilitation project, visit the project Web site. For the latest real-time traffic information, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.

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