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Interstate 64 over Route 781, Albemarle County

Bridge deck overlay in both directions over Sunset Avenue Extended
Project at a Glance
Begin Date
Early 2017

Est Completion Date
May 11, 2017

Recently Completed

$735,727 construction contract; $1.07 million total estimate

Lengths and Limits
One mile east of exit 118

Martins Construction Corp. of Falls Church

Albemarle and Charlottesville


Office of Communications

VDOT completed work on this project on May 11, 2017. The project involved extending the service life of the Interstate 64 bridge over Route 781 by milling and patching the bridge decks and applying a latex overlay.

To reduce delays during the single-lane weekend closures, VDOT implemented the zipper merge pattern to reduce delays. 

Zipper Merge

Zipper Merge Graphic

About 18,000 vehicles travel each direction of I-64 on a weekend day. To help reduce delays for these motorists, VDOT will implement a zipper merge pattern when congestion begins to occur.

Rather than merging at the first “lane closed” sign, drivers should stay in their current travel lane up to the merge point and take turns merging — similar to a zipper — into the open lane. When traffic is heavy, this merge method has been shown to reduce backups and keeps traffic flowing through the work zone.


I-64 West Reduced to One Lane This Weekend
News release, April 6, 2017

One Lane Closed on I-64 East This Weekend

News release, March 30, 2017

I-64 Lane Closures Coming for Bridge Work

News release, March 16, 2017 (UPDATED: March 17, 2017)

Zipper merge resources:
   Minnesota DOT website
   Minnesota DOT public service announcement video
   Kansas DOT video

UPC 108382

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