The first operationally-independent segment in Newport News will span approximately 5.6 miles, from west of Route 143, Jefferson Avenue (Exit 255), to just east of Route 238, Yorktown Road (Exit 247).
This corridor of Interstate 64 ties into an eight-lane interstate system to the east and is currently the most congested section of I-64 on the Peninsula.
To provide immediate congestion relief here, the proposed improvements include the addition of one 12-foot-wide travel lane and one 12-foot-wide shoulder, in each direction, to widen the existing four-lane section to six lanes.
These improvements will increase capacity, bring portions of the interstate up to current design standards, provide more lanes for evacuation and improve safety by reducing congestion and improving vehicular level of service.
The widening is expected to occur in the median of the existing interstate, limiting the amount of right of way required to construct the project and avoid impacts to existing interchanges.
Existing bridges within the corridor will be widened to the inside, providing the same typical section as the roadway.
In June 2013, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) adopted the 2014 - 19 Six-Year Improvement Program that included $100 million in funding for the I-64 Capacity Improvements Project.
The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) approved and adopted a resolution endorsing six-lane options to provide immediate congestion relief of I-64 between Jefferson Avenue (exit 255) and Humelsine Parkway (exit 242).
In January 2014, it was determined that the I-64 Capacity Improvements – Segment I project needed to be lengthened past the Fort Eustis Boulevard interchange to avoid operational impacts to the interchange.
To extend the project limits approximately two miles west, the $100 million estimate was updated to $144 million.
The HRTPO board approved an update to expand the project limits, resulting in an allocation of $44 million from the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund (HRTF) to Segment I of the I-64 Capacity Improvements Project.
The vote represented the first use of HRTF funds generated by House Bill 2313 and will result in the fast-tracking of a project that is identified as one of the region's highest priorities.
The project is estimated to cost $122 million.
House Bill 2313, enacted on July 1, 2013, provides Hampton Roads with approximately $200 million per year in additional transportation funds.
The Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission is responsible for the selection of HRTF funds.
On Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, the CTB awarded a contract of $84.8 million to Shirley Contracting Co. LLC of Lorton, to design and construct the first segment of the project.
A notice to proceed was issued on March 18, 2015.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the project on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Photos
Construction on the first segment began in September 2015 with an expected completion date of December 2017.
At a Glance
Begin: Spring 2015
Estimated completion: December 2017
Cost: $122 million
Limits: From 0.50 miles east of Route 238, Yorktown Road (Exit 247) to 1.55 miles west of Route 143, Jefferson Avenue (Exit 255)
Contractor: Shirley Contracting Co. LLC
Final EIS approved: November 2013
Request for qualifications (RFQ): March 2014
FHWA Record of decision: April 21, 2014
Public hearing: April 30, 2014
Request for proposal: June 24, 2014
Award design-build contract: Feb. 18, 2015
Begin construction: September 2015