Sunday, December 3, 2023

VDOT begins second phase of I-64 widening project

Continuous Concrete Slip Forming of the footing for the median barrier, 1/4 of a mile west of the Route 105 Fort Eustis interchange on I-64. (Photo by D. Allen Covey, VDOT)
Construction of the median barrier near the Route 105 Fort Eustis interchange on I-64. (D. Allen Covey/VDOT)

More than one year into the Virginia Department of Transportation’s I-64 widening project, the second phase has begun.

VDOT kicked off construction on the second of three segments on Oct. 26, according to a release.

Segment II entails widening I-64 in York County, from one mile west of exit 242 through .54 miles east of exit 247, where Segment I ended.

The initial phase of Segment II work will include roughly two weeks of shoulder strengthening in the eastbound lane, followed by similar efforts in the westbound lane.

There will be alternating single-lane closures on weeknights east- and westbound, Sundays through Thursdays, starting as early as 7 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. the following morning, between exit 255 and exit 242.

A single travel lane will remain open in each direction at all times.

Truck traffic on westbound I-64 is limited to the right lane between exit 255 and exit 247.

Paving and milling of the shoulder lanes is slated to continue through November. Construction barriers and median work are set to commence by late 2016.

The three-phase VDOT widening project began on Sept. 8, 2015. Previous work had been on the 5.6-mile stretch of interstate designated Segment I of the widening project.

According to VDOT, the widening of I-64 will boost vehicle capacity and reduce traffic delays.

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