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Next Phase is Announced in Interstate 64 Widening Zone Work

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Next Phase is Announced in Interstate 64 Widening Zone Work

One of the most extensive and dangerous construction zones in Virginia is about to enter a new phase. It’s the Interstate 64 widening zone to the north of Newport News.

After a year of hazardous driving on narrow lanes, construction crews are to embark on the second of three segments in Interstate 64 widening in Newport News, James City County, and York County, announced the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

I-64 widening zone is hazardous

The next phase of the project is the $188.8 million stage that will add a lane and a shoulder in each direction for 7 miles. VDOT announced the stretch will extend from about a mile near the Humelsine Parkway close to Williamsburg and where segment one ends near Route 238 / Yorktown Road.

One lane will be open in each direction during the construction period. Exit and entrance ramps from I-64 to Route 199, will close from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. on October 27. Traffic is to take a detour using loop ramps at the interchange.

VDOT officials say preliminary phase work includes shoulder strengthening on the eastbound side. Construction will start Wednesday, Oct. 27.

The work zone entails more narrow lanes during the construction and reduced speed limits. However, many crashes have been reported on the Interstate 64 widening zone which suggests drivers are not sticking to speed limits.

We have seen a number of wrecks in this area, some of them fatal. Earlier this year a cement truck crashed on I-64 in James City County, killing the driver.

In the summer, two highway workers were injured on I-64 north of Newport News when they were involved in an accident with a car.

When trucks and cars are involved in accidents in construction zones, highway workers are at risk. Recently, we represented a highway worker who suffered extreme injuries that led to his legs being amputated after he was struck by a drunk driver on I-264 in Norfolk. All cases are unique and different and no case is a predictor of another, but our client was awarded $2.86 million at a settlement hearing.

Please watch your speed and be aware of your surroundings in the Interstate 64 widening zone. Eventually, extra lanes should ensure the highway is safer, but in the meantime, please drive carefully in the work zone.

If you were involved in a work zone crash, please call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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