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The Virginia Department of Transportation has released a project update for the ongoing widening of I-64. The update includes traffic alerts and the current status of construction crews.
Single-lane night closures will begin as early as 9 p.m. and end at 5 a.m. between exit 255 at Jefferson Avenue and exit 247 at Yorktown Road. Lane closures will alternate between east and westbound lanes and will occur nightly between Sunday and Thursday.
One travel lane in each direction will remain opens at all times, and the speed limit will be reduced to 55 miles per hour in the work zone. Trucks are currently restricted to the right lane of the interstate.
Crews began paving the median and installing drainage systems last week. The paving along the median will allow for one extra lane in each direction, as well as a shoulder.
Work has also begun on barrier footings that will separate the two directions of highway. Crews continue to expand the bridges spanning the Lee Hall Reservoir and Fort Eustis Boulevard.
The VDOT widening project began on Sept. 8, 2015, and is divided into three segments. All construction work done thus far has been on the 5.6 mile stretch of interstate designated Segment I of the widening project.
In the release, VDOT also reaffirmed that Segment II of the project is set to begin in October. Segment II involves the widening of I-64 from just west of exit 242 through the end of Segment I at exit 247. Preliminary work on Segment II has commenced, and includes on-site surveying and design development.
VDOT expects that upon completion, the widening of I-64 will increase vehicle capacity and reduce traffic delays.