Bob Spieldenner 804-897-6510
July 15, 2013
COMMONWEALTH TO PRACTICE PARTIAL I-64 LANE REVERSAL JULY 21
Expect Early Morning Traffic Delays
From the Virginia Department of Emergency Management
RICHMOND — Interstate 64 east between Exit 205 near Richmond and Exit 231 near Williamsburg will be closed on July 21 from approximately 4:30 to 7 a.m. while several state agencies test the I-64 Emergency Lane Reversal Plan.
The partial lane reversal exercise will close I-64 east between exits 205 and 231 as well as the on and off ramps at exits 211, 214, 220 and 227. Traffic will be detoured onto U.S. Route 60 east during the exercise. In addition, the New Kent rest area on I-64 east will be closed during the exercise. No actual westbound traffic will be routed onto the eastbound lanes during the exercise. There will be no impact to traffic or the rest area on I-64 westbound.
The Virginia State Police, Virginia National Guard and the Virginia departments of Emergency Management and Transportation will practice closing six traffic control gates and test inter-agency coordination efforts and radio communications.
An actual lane reversal of I-64 would involve detouring westbound traffic from the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area onto the reversed eastbound lanes near the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (Exit 272). The lane reversal would terminate at the I-295 interchange near Richmond (Exit 200). A reversal can be ordered by the governor to speed the evacuation of the Hampton Roads region in the event of a hurricane or other disaster.
Note to Media: Media are invited to observe the exercise at Exit 211 (Talleysville/Roxbury). The exercise will begin promptly at 5 a.m. Media coming from the Richmond area must be past Exit 205 before 4:30 a.m. or you will have to follow the Route 60 detour. At Exit 211 there is a gravel parking area at the top of the I-64 east ramp at the intersection with Route 106. Please note that media are not permitted to park on the shoulders or along I-64 to obtain video, do stand-ups, or attempt to conduct interviews. Violators will be cited in accordance with state law. The contact number for the PIO on scene will be 804-385-3253.
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