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Speeding in the I-64 Construction Zone Poses a Hazard

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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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John Cooper

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

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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