Public hearing set for I-64 widening project

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — If you’ve driven from the Peninsula to Richmond, you know about the regular traffic congestion. Especially in the summertime, it can back up for miles. And for years, VDOT has wanted to expand the four-lane I-64. Recently, they got the nudge they needed.

Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne told the newly formed Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission marked the expansion as one of its top projects.

It would expand I-64 to six lanes from Yorktown Road to just west of Jefferson Avenue. The plan calls for one additional lane and full shoulder in each direction. The work would happen in the median, so it would not impact interchanges.

“They’re already along in the process to begin advertising this year or early next year, so hopefully construction within the next couple years at the very latest,” Layne said.

In order to do that, VDOT sped up the process on a public hearing, setting it for one week from today. You can see the proposed project plans, environmental documentation and property impacts at the meeting on April 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Woodside High School in Newport News.

If all goes as planned, VDOT hopes to have the work done by 2018.

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