Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Ready to use those new travel lanes on I-64? Some are opening now

The Virginia Department of Transportation is finishing up segment II of the Interstate 64 widening project. (WYDaily/Courtesy of VDOT)
The Virginia Department of Transportation is finishing up segment II of the Interstate 64 widening project. (WYDaily/Courtesy of VDOT)

Just in time for the summer season, the Virginia Department of Transportation is finishing up segment II of the Interstate 64 widening project.

When segment II is complete — VDOT hopes that will be late spring or early summer — three new lanes will be open in both east and westbound directions, VDOT wrote in a news release Tuesday.

The third lane in the eastbound direction just opened Monday. The third westbound lane could be open as early as Wednesday.

Starting this week, VDOT will close some lanes and sections of the interstate to finish the project segment, which stretches about seven miles from .54 miles east of exit 247 up past exit 242.

Noise barriers have already been installed and landscaping is in the works. Crews are finalizing paving the final surface layer to “create a smooth riding surface throughout the corridor,” VDOT said.

At least one travel lane will be open in each direction during the closures.

As segment II comes to a close, road crews are also working on segment III, which runs between exits 242 and 234.

Drivers will see more construction activity in the median between those exists, including clearing trees and grubbing.

Check back with WYDaily each week for a list of lane and ramp closures.

Clarification: A previous version of this article said two travel lanes will be open in each direction during the closures. VDOT has since clarified their news release to say at least one travel lane in each direction will be open during closures.

Sarah Fearing
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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