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I-64 Southside Widening and High Rise Bridge Phase 1 Project


Project at a Glance

Begin Date
RFQ Aug. '16 ------------ RFP Dec. '16 ------------ DBer Selection Sept. '17 DBer NTP Nov. '17 -----

$600 million


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Contract Awarded

The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $409.6 million contract on Oct. 24, 2017, to Granite/Parsons/Corman, Joint Venture of Tarrytown, NY, to complete the project. The award is the largest design-build contract in Virginia Department of Transportation history.

The project is being paid for with a combination of funds from the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission and the state’s SMART SCALE program.

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Design Public Hearing

A Design Public Hearing was held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 26, 2016, at Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake. The public hearing was held in an open-house format with no formal presentation. VDOT representatives were present to discuss the project and answer questions. Display boards and handouts available at the hearing are available at the links below.


Display Boards

Design Approval

Public comments related to the Design Public Hearing were received until November 5, 2016. Responses to all comments were summarized in the Request for Design Approval that was submitted on December 6, 2016. On December 12, 2016 the Deputy Chief Engineer approved the major design features of the project as presented at the Design Public Hearing and with revisions made in response to citizen comments. Copies of the Request for Design Approval and the Design Approval are linked below.

Request for Design Approval and Summary of Comments/Responses

Design Approval

Project History

In March 2013, the Hampton Roads 2034 Long-Range Transportation Plan was amended to include an environmental study for the improvement of the Interstate 64 ( I-64) corridor from I-464 to I-664/264, including the High Rise Bridge. The purpose of the environmental study was to develop alternative solutions to address insufficient transportation capacity and correct roadway and bridge deficiencies throughout the corridor. The Draft Environmental Assessment was approved by Federal Highway Administration in October 2014.

In March 2015, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) identified Candidate Build Alternative 2, addition of two lanes of capacity in each direction including the construction of a new bridge and replacement of the existing bridge, with a decision regarding the management option to be made at a later date.  In its resolution, the CTB encouraged the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) and the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) to work with VDOT to identify funding for inclusion in the HRTPO planning documents and to determine the appropriate management option(s) for the corridor. 

The CTB resolution is posted below.

CTB resolution

In July 2015, VDOT embarked on a phasing study to determine how best to deliver the project. VDOT evaluated cost and schedule risks with the phased construction approach that would enable construction to begin on the I-64 High-Rise Bridge. The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization endorsed the study's findings and made the decision to build the project in two phases.

In February 2016, VDOT started development of a Design-Build Contract for Phase 1. The Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission allocated right-of-way and construction funding for Phase 1 at its June 16, 2016 Regular Meeting.

On August 22, 2016, the Federal Highway Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (See below). That concluded the National Environmental Policy Act process and allowed the project to be advanced to more detailed levels of design.

The Request for Qualifications from design-build contractors (DBers) for Phase 1 was issued in August 2016. The Request for Proposals from qualified design-build contractors who were short-listed was issued in December 2016. The selection process culminated in the Contract Award by the Commonwealth Transportation Board on Oct. 24, 2017. The notice to proceed (NTP) for the design-build contractor is scheduled for November 2017.

Alternative 2

Alternative 2, approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board, adds two lanes to the facility in each direction, including the construction of a new bridge and replacement of existing bridge.

Under Alternative 2, management options for the new lanes included:

  • a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) option (one lane in each direction dedicated to HOV)
  • a High Occupancy Toll (HOT) option (all new capacity managed as HOT lanes)
  • an all tolled option (all capacity tolled)

Phase 1 Project Details

Widen I-64 and High Rise Bridge to 6 Lanes (2 lanes + 1 Managed Lane in each direction)

Lane Configuration

  • Eastbound Lanes Widen to Median
  • Westbound Lanes Widen to Median and align to New Bridge
  • Overlay of existing pavement

New High Rise Bridge to South

  • Construct to accommodate 4 lanes
  • Wide enough to support 6 lanes during the construction of Phase 2

Other Bridge Improvements

  • Rehabilitate and widen existing bridges
  • Replace Great Bridge Boulevard bridge over I-64

Additional capacity would be managed lanes

  • Managed lanes will align with current HOV lanes
  • Breaks in divider to allow access

Project Phasing Benefits

  • New lanes for Phase 1 will be built in existing median, minimizing immediate right of way impacts to surrounding neighborhoods
  • Gets third lane operational in each direction as quickly as possible (extra lanes will be managed lanes)
  • Interchange ramps will not be impacted because widening is in the median
  • New High Rise Bridge will be built to accommodate the fourth I-64 WB lane when Phase 2 is built

Environmental Assessment and Associated Technical Documents

The EA and associated technical documents (PDF) can be downloaded at the links below.


Location Public Hearing

A Location Public Hearing was held at Tidewater Community College’s Portsmouth Campus on Thursday November 6, 2014 from 4:30 – 7:30 PM. The public hearing was held in an open-house format with no formal presentation given. VDOT representatives were present to discuss the study and answer questions. Display boards and handouts available at the hearing are available at the links (PDF) below.

Brochure (1.9 MB)

Display Boards


Citizen Information Meeting

At the open forum meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, project experts were on-site to answer questions about the study corridor which encompasses I-64 from the I-64/I-464 interchange to the I-64/I-264 interchange at Bowers Hill, and replacement of the existing High Rise Bridge over the southern branch of the Elizabeth River.

Display Boards

Meeting Brochure

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