Monday, June 17, 2024

There are going to be design public hearings in Hampton and Norfolk for HRBT expansion plans

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.

Design public hearings schedule:

Both meetings are from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in 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 and 3.8 billion, and is being funded by the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission and anticipated state and federal revenues.

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John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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