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.
VDOT provided the following update in a press release:
- 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.
- 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.