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VDOT Provides Update on Virginia Peninsula I-64 Road Widening Project

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VDOT Provides Update on Virginia Peninsula I-64 Road Widening Project

The Virginia Peninsula I-64 road widening project has caused travel chaos for months and has been the scene of numerous accidents.

However, a recent update was given by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on the project’s progress.

VDOT noted motorists are now traveling on the new pavement on I-64 westbound from Denbigh Boulevard Bridge west to the Industrial Park Drive Bridge.

As part of the second phase of the project, crews are installing a new traffic pattern by moving the existing travel lanes to the outside in the east and west directions, between Lee Hall and Busch Gardens near Williamsburg. Crews will be able to set barriers and start work on the new travel lanes in the median.

In the fall of 2016, we noted how the next step in the I-64 widening project was the $188.8 million stage that in which a lane and a shoulder will be added for 7 miles. Exit and entrance ramps from I-64 to Route 199 closed from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. on October 27. Traffic will take a detour using loop ramps at the interchange.

Fines on Virginia Peninsula I-64 Road Widening Project

Speeding in the I-64 Virginia Peninsula road widening area carries heavy fines (VDOT)

VDOT provided the following update in a press release:

Recently Completed

  • The eastbound shoulder was paved between Fort Eustis Boulevard and Industrial Park Drive.
  • Continued clearing is taking place for the sound barrier wall west of Denbigh Boulevard.
  • Topsoil has been placed on the median between Fort Eustis Boulevard and Industrial Park Drive.

Current Status:

  • VDOT is placing concrete on the bridge deck at Industrial Park Drive Bridge.
  • Crews will continue the grading work at the Lee Hall Reservoir and Fort Eustis Boulevard Bridge approaches.

Upcoming Work Activities:

  • VDOT will be placing concrete on the approaches to Industrial Park Drive Bridge.
  • The agency will continue paving operations.

As part of the segment II work, VDOT crews completed bridge inspections and put new speed restrictions in place.

It’s vital that drivers keep their speed under the posted limit of 55 mph or any other work zone speed restrition. The narrower lanes on the I-64 work zone mean drivers can easily lose control and veer across lanes. Traffic may suddenly stop in the work zone and you should be prepared to make a controlled stop.

In past months we have seen highway workers hurt on I-64 and truck drivers killed when their rigs have left the roadway.

In a recent incident, a VDOT contractor was struck and hurt by a hit-and-run driver on I-64 in Norfolk.

If you have been involved in a wreck caused by another driver on the I-64 work zone in Newport News, James City County, Williamsburg or elsewhere, please contact our experienced Virginia car accident 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 Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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