VDOT has announced the new flyover ramp from Interstate 64 west to Interstate 264 east in Norfolk is opening to traffic by 5 a.m Friday morning.
Officials said in a news release Wednesday, the ramp is ready for the more than 100,000 expected vehicles daily after undergoing multiple pre-opening inspections.
“We promised a quality product, and that’s what we’ve delivered,” said Chris Hall, VDOT’s Hampton Roads District engineer. “This ramp will play an important role in the improved functionality of the I-64/264 interchange for many years to come.”
The new ramp adds capacity at the interchange while also placing vehicles coming from the I-64 West ramp directly onto mainline I-264 East.
“This new traffic pattern will eliminate the jockeying that occurs between drivers leaving I-264 for Newtown Road and those merging onto I-264 from I-64 west,” officials said.
The new ramp is part of the final stages of phase one of the I-64/264 Interchange Improvements which is expected to finish this fall.
As part of phase two, VDOT has also announced temporary closures to through traffic on Grayson Road in Virginia Beach beginning on Sept. 23 and lasting through late October to continue phase two of the project.
Officials said the Grayson Road closure near Witchduck Road and the I-264 interchange is closing for utility work Monday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. with some weekend and night work possible.
Detour signs will direct drivers to Witchduck Road and Bonney Road during the off-peak closures.
VDOT officials also said, “turn lanes from Witchduck Road onto Grayson at Greenwich Road will also be closed during this time.”
Residents will have access to their property at all times and Rouse Drive will stay open to traffic, according to the news release.