NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A wider Interstate 64 is one step closer to being a reality.
Tuesday morning, Governor Terry McAuliffe joined state transportation leaders for the groundbreaking of the I-64 expansion project.
“I spent a lot of time campaigning in Hampton Roads,” said McAuliffe. “I talked about the need to open up transportation. I’ve been in Northern Virginia for many many years. We’re gridlocked. This place is gridlocked. We needed to open it up. I think it’s important that politicians do what they say they’re going to do. So today we broke ground. This is the first of three segments in Hampton Roads. This will go up to Williamsburg and we’re finishing negotiations to go from Richmond East to connect.”
Currently, the road shrinks from four lanes down to two when you enter northern Newport News and that consistently causes a huge traffic problem for people trying to get to Williamsburg and Richmond.
“A lot of traffic backups, so yeah it will be great to have that road widened,” said Jan Britt. “It may be difficult in the very beginning with all the construction but it will be well worth it.”
The state is spending millions of dollars on this project. The first segment, which will add a lane and shoulder in each direction for more than five miles between Jefferson Avenue and Yorktown Road, will cost $122 million.
The second section of I-64 improvements stretches to Route 199 in Williamsburg. That contract will reportedly be awarded in December.