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VDOT continues search for company to complete HRBT expansion

VDOT has identified three companies to potentially perform the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel expansion. (HNN Daily photo/ courtesy of VDOT).
VDOT has identified three companies to potentially perform the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel expansion. (HNN Daily photo/ courtesy of VDOT).

HAMPTON — VDOT continues to vet private sector companies to complete the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Expansion.

Hampton Roads Capacity Constructors, Hampton Roads Connector Partners and Skanska Kiewit all have successfully submitted qualifications.

The documents highlight the companies’ experience on complex highway projects and tunnel projects, safety records, financial statements and ability to address project challenges, officials said.

VDOT is now collecting technical proposals and prices to design and construct the Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion, according to a news release from VDOT.

The department said it will award a contract in early 2019 and the project will be completed in 2024, according to the news release.

The tunnel expansion is expected to cost $3.3 billion, according to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel expansion website.

The Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission is the primary funding agent for the project, according to the website. The commission will use local revenue from sales and gasoline taxes in the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund to pay for the expansion.

VDOT is planning to expand the tunnel to four lanes and widen the existing four-lane segments of I-64 between Settlers Landing and I-564 to ease congestion between Hampton and Norfolk, according to the news release.

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