VDOT recaps May progress on I-64 widening project

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Construction crews have been hard at work to install drainage pipes. (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Department of Transportation)
Construction crews have been hard at work installing drainage pipes. (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Department of Transportation)

The Virginia Department of Transportation has provided its monthly update on the Interstate 64 widening project for May.

The update includes a list of recently completed projects, including topsoil and debris removal, the installation of erosion and sediment controls, beginning installation of drainage pipes and the placement of an embankment.

Construction crews are installing drainage systems, continuing the removal of topsoil and debris, grading for median construction and forming bottom slabs for box culvert extensions, or structures that allow water to flow under roads.

As a result, east- and westbound alternating single-lane closures are taking place Sunday through Thursday, beginning as early as 8 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m.

Alternating lane closures are taking place along the stretch of Interstate 64 between Camp Peary (Exit 238) and Lee Hall (Exit 247). One lane will remain open at all times. The work’s progress is dependent on the weather.

Also, westbound truck traffic on Interstate 64 is restricted to the right lane between Jefferson Avenue (exit 255) and Yorktown Road (exit 247). A reduced 55 mph speed limit is in effect in this area in both the east- and westbound lanes.

The first phase of the widening project – estimated to cost about $122 million – will add one lane and one shoulder in each direction along the 5.6-mile stretch between Jefferson Avenue in Newport News and Route 143 in York County (Exit 247). The first phase of the project is slated for completion in December 2017.

The entire Interstate 64 widening, which will occur 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.