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Plan ahead: VDOT releases list of weekly lane closures and traffic shifts

VDOT has announced their weekly lane closures for the I-64 widening project. (Courtesy of VDOT)
VDOT has announced their weekly lane closures for the I-64 widening project. (Courtesy of VDOT)

Changes in traffic patterns on Interstate 64 will begin this weekend.

Traffic shifts are scheduled as part of the widening project, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Traffic will be moved from the existing travel lanes to new lanes constructed on the interstate’s median. The shifts will allow for the reconstruction of the two outside lanes.

Both eastbound and westbound lanes will be affected.

The first shift will begin early Sunday (April 29) on I-64 east from exit 242 for Route 199 to mile marker 245 by the Burma Road bridge in Grove.

The shifts will also be accompanied by ramp closures, beginning at 11 p.m. Saturday (April 28) through 9 a.m. Sunday. Detours will be in place with signs directing drivers where to go.

The exit 243A off-ramp from I-64 east to Route 60 near Busch Gardens and the exit 243B off-ramp from eastbound I-64 to Route 143 west will be closed alongside the traffic shifts.

There will also be traffic stoppages for construction on the on- and off-ramps at exit 242A/242B on I-64 east between 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. The I-64 east on-ramp from Route 60 will also be closed during those times.

VDOT also scheduled nightly single-lane closures as part of the ongoing I-64 widening project.

Some lanes and ramps will close between April 28 and May 3. Crews contracted by the Virginia Department of Transportation will be performing work on I-64 from the Colonial Parkway to Lee Hall (exit 247) on both east and westbound lanes.

Signed detours will be in place.

A full list of scheduled closures is as follows:

Lane closures:

  • Alternating single-lane closures on I-64 east and west from Colonial Parkway to Lee Hall (exit 247) April 29-May 3, starting as early as 8 p.m. until 5 a.m.
  • Lane closures under flagger control on Yorktown Road, Penniman Road and Jefferson Avenue at the I-64 overpasses on April 29-May 5, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Single-lane closures on I-64 east and west from 1 mile east of Route 199 Lightfoot exit 234 (mile marker 233) to Route 199 (exit 242), April 30-May 4, starting as early as 7 p.m. until 5 a.m.
  • Lane closures under flagger control on Fenton Mill Road (Route 602) at the I-64 overpasses on April 29-May 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • I-64 west from Colonial Parkway to Penniman Road on Friday, April 27, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • I-64 east on Saturday, April 28, between:
    · Colonial Parkway to Route 199 (exit 242A), from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.
    · Route 199 (exit 242A) to Route 60 (exit 243A), from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
    · Route 60 (exit 243A) to Route 238 Lee Hall (exit 247), from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Ramp closures:

  • Full ramp closures on I-64 with signed detours in place, on April 29-May 3, as follows:
    • I-64 east and west to Route 199 west (exit 242A), as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • I-64 east and west to Route 199 east (exit 242B), as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • I-64 east to Route 143 (exit 243B), as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • I-64 east to Route 60/Busch Gardens (exit 243A), as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • Route 199 west on-ramp to I-64 east and west, as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • Route 199 east on-ramp to I-64 east and west, as early as 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • Colonial Parkway to Route 199 (exit 242A), from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Route 199 (exit 242A) to Route 60 (exit 243A), from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Route 60 (exit 243A) to Route 238 Lee Hall (exit 247), from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m.

VDOT advises drivers to obey the posted 55 M.P.H. speed limit in work zones and drive with caution.

Closures and construction schedules are dependent on the weather.

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