Want to go faster on I-64? Starting Wednesday you can

For about nine miles along I-64 east and west, the speed limit will increase by five mph. (WYDaily archives)
For about 9 miles along I-64 east and west, the speed limit will increase by 5 mph. (Southside Daily file photo)

For drivers on Interstate 64, the gas pedal might be pushed a little harder on Wednesday as the Virginia Department of Transportation increases the speed limit.

But only by an extra 5 mph.

According to a VDOT news release, beginning on Wednesday night, approximately 9 miles on I-64 from Jefferson Avenue to east of the Hampton Roads Center Parkway will have an increased speed limit from 60 mph to 65 mph.

The change comes as a result of a traffic study from VDOT that reviewed existing field conditions and an analysis of vehicle crash data from the past three years. The increased speed limit is projected to enhance traffic flow and create greater safety along the corridor, according to VDOT.

There will be new signs installed on I-64 westbound overnight starting Wednesday. If time permits, VDOT will also begin installing signs on I-64 eastbound on Wednesday night and continue on Thursday night if needed.

The new signs will be in effect only one the signs are installed.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.