Improved safety and traffic flow on I-64 arrives early, says VDOT

The interchange of Northampton Boulevard and I-64 modification. The work was completed April 19, six weeks ahead of schedule (Courtesy of VDOT) norfolk and Virginia beach
The interchange of Northampton Boulevard and I-64 modification. The work was completed April 19, six weeks ahead of schedule (Courtesy of VDOT)

NORFOLK — A project to increase capacity and improve access and safety at one of the highest volume interchanges in the region is complete six weeks ahead of schedule.

Work on the busy Northampton intersection began in July 2017 to increase off-ramp capacity and eliminate difficult weaving movements on Northampton Boulevard, according to a news release from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The interchange improvement project included widening the Interstate 64 West exit ramp to Northampton Boulevard from two lanes to five lanes (two left turns, two right turns and the existing continuous flow lane was maintained).

The acceleration lane from Northampton Boulevard to I-64 West was lengthened and the I-64 East ramp to Northampton Boulevard was realigned to provide access to Northampton Boulevard in both directions.

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The project was requested by the City of Norfolk as part of the first phase of VDOT’s “Smart Scale” funding program. The program prioritizes transportation projects using an objective, outcome-based scoring process that is transparent to the public and allows decision-makers to be held accountable to taxpayers, according to Smart Scale’s website.

Visit the Hampton Roads Projects page on VDOT’s website for information on transportation improvement projects in the region.

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