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Want to go faster on I-64? Starting Wednesday you can

For about nine miles along I-64 east and west, the speed limit will increase by five mph. (WYDaily archives)
For about 9 miles along I-64 east and west, the speed limit will increase by 5 mph. (Southside Daily file photo)

For drivers on Interstate 64, the gas pedal might be pushed a little harder on Wednesday as the Virginia Department of Transportation increases the speed limit.

But only by an extra 5 mph.

According to a VDOT news release, beginning on Wednesday night, approximately 9 miles on I-64 from Jefferson Avenue to east of the Hampton Roads Center Parkway will have an increased speed limit from 60 mph to 65 mph.

The change comes as a result of a traffic study from VDOT that reviewed existing field conditions and an analysis of vehicle crash data from the past three years. The increased speed limit is projected to enhance traffic flow and create greater safety along the corridor, according to VDOT.

There will be new signs installed on I-64 westbound overnight starting Wednesday. If time permits, VDOT will also begin installing signs on I-64 eastbound on Wednesday night and continue on Thursday night if needed.

The new signs will be in effect only one the signs are installed.

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