Speeding in the I-64 Construction Zone Poses a Hazard

The seemingly endless construction work on Interstate 64 (I-64) is maddening.  Every time I'm driving to Richmond for business or trying to get to a client meeting on the peninsula I'm amazed at what a danger it is. I frequently see speeding in the I-64 construction zone.

There are work zone signs all around and a reduced speed limit, but it seems to change every day.  There's an endless stream of dump trucks, dirt movers, bobcats and ditch witches most of which seem to be sitting idly off the road.  I wonder when they actually do the construction work.  The Jersey barriers and construction barrels painted orange make the roadway seem even more dangerous than it would be if there weren't so many supposed safety features.

Speeding in the I-64 construction zone is a danger

Traffic is often stopped on I-64, making speeding dangerous

Unfortunately, many people are not going to drive 55 miles an hour even though that is the speed limit.  Speeding in the I-64 construction zone where the lanes are more narrow is incredibly dangerous.You add to that the threat of pickup trucks and other work vehicles coming and going on both sides of the roadway whether the shoulder or the new surface inside the westbound and eastbound lanes and you have a real potential problem.

Speeding in the I-64 Construction Zone Causes Crashes

You add to that the threat of pickup trucks and other work vehicles coming and going on both sides of the roadway whether the shoulder or the new surface inside the westbound and eastbound lanes and you have a serious potential problem.  Some people overreact to the new traffic patterns by driving incredibly slow speeds sitting in the left-hand lane.  I wonder how many accidents there have been during these years of work to widen the highway?

Obviously, we need to have a better road going from the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (HRBT) up through Williamsburg and onto the capital city of the state.  Unfortunately, the legislature waited way too long to get this project going.  Perhaps the continuing delays in completion are a result of insufficient funds and emphasis to make transportation work in the commonwealth.  Sometimes road projects seem like they're just another boondoggle giveaway to corporate interests rather than real solutions to get people to work, school and vacation.

I look forward to the day when this blog seems quaint and old because the road actually has been widened and the empty work vehicles have moved on to another part of the state.

John Cooper

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