Plans are advancing to relieve congestion and eliminate a dangerous segment of weaving traffic on Interstate 264 by rebuilding part of its I-64 interchange and other nearby ramps.
The Virginia Department of Transportation recently began its right-of-way acquisition process and expects construction to begin as early as next fall on the first part of the work, said Salvija Hofheimer, the state’s project manager.
The transformation will involve two phases. The first will rebuild the exit ramp from I-64 west to I-264 east, widen a portion of I-64 and add a flyover ramp to increase capacity and eliminate the nail-biting experience of drivers crossing lanes past each other to get to an exit or onto the interstate.
The second phase of the work will widen I-264 east, reconfigure the southside of the Newtown Road interchange, eliminate weaving and reconfigure the southside of the Witchduck Road interchange. It will also build an overpass that will connect Greenwich Road south of I-264 with Cleveland Street to the north of the interstate.
Design is underway, and VDOT will be contacting property owners by letter over the coming months to begin the process of purchasing their sites, Hofheimer said. The highway department expects to advertise the I-64/I-264 work for construction bids in the spring and to begin construction next fall, she said.
The second phase, involving Witchduck Road and the Greenwich Road flyover, will be advertised in early 2017, allowing construction to begin later that year, Hofheimer said. VDOT is still working out estimated completion dates for both phases, she said.
A recent VDOT status report pegged the total cost of the two phases at $345 million. A large portion of the money is expected to come from the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund, which is funded by regional sales and fuel taxes.