Monday, May 16, 2022

Public hearings set on Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion

VDOT is inviting the public to view plans for 10 miles of improvements along the Interstate 64 corridor between Norfolk and Hampton, including a new Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and a wider interstate.

The project, designed to ease congestion with a new tunnel and a wider I-64, also calls for the replacement or rebuilding of 32 bridges, VDOT officials said in a news release.

The new tunnel and its approach bridges will accommodate four lanes of traffic for a total of eight lanes of capacity across the water.

The hearings will be conducted from Wednesday (Aug. 15) at Ocean View Elementary School, 350 W. Government Ave., in Norfolk and Thursday (Aug. 16) at St. Mary Star of the Sea School, 14 N. Willard Ave., in Hampton.

Both meetings will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and use an open-house format with no formal presentation. VDOT representatives will be present to discuss the project and to answer questions.

Two teams are competing to build the tunnel — Hampton Roads Capacity Constructors and Hampton Roads Connector Partners.

The contract will be awarded in early 2019.

The design-build project, which addresses one of the region’s most significant chokepoints, is estimated to cost between $3.3 billion and 3.8 billion. It is being funded by the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission and anticipated state and federal revenues.

For information, visit the HRBT expansion information website.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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