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With a temporary concrete barrier now in place along the median in the Interstate 64 widening zone in both directions, the speed limit will be reduced.
The concrete barriers narrow the eastbound and westbound left lanes.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews will be posting 55 mph signs between Lee Hall (exit 247) and Jefferson Avenue (exit 255) at some point in the upcoming week, said Jennifer Gwaltney, a VDOT spokesperson.
Crews will continue work this week, depending on the weather, through 5 a.m. Friday, with work beginning each day as early as 8 p.m.
The first phase of the widening project – estimated to cost about $122 million – will add one lane and one shoulder in each direction for the 5.6 miles between Jefferson Avenue in Newport News and Route 143 in York County (exit 247).
The first phase is slated for completion in December 2017.
The entire I-64 widening, which will happen in three phases, will stretch to the second Route 199 interchange in York County (exit 234).
WYDaily has teamed up with VDOT to keep commuters updated with the latest information on the widening. Click here for an overview and updates.