Project to improve High Rise Bridge on fast track

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — If you live near the High Rise Bridge in Chesapeake or drive on that section of Interstate 64, you know traffic can be a problem. You may not know, though, that VDOT is close to alleviating the issue.

The agency has a plan and a timeline for the area, which is on track to start sooner rather than later.

“We started the preliminary design of this project in February and we’re going to have a design build contract advertised by December, which is a pretty aggressive schedule,” says project manager Ricardo Correa.

Correa says Phase One will widen eight miles of the High Rise Bridge section of I-64. It also builds another bridge south of the current one.

“If we were to build the entire project in one phase, it probably wouldn’t be developed until several years from now,” Correa explained. “So what we’re doing is trying to improve the capacity of the corridor in steps or in phases.”

Correa said the state hopes the new adjustments will bring immediate relief for traffic upon completion.

“This is a capacity improvement project to relieve congestion,” says Correa. “It’s also going to improve safety, and improve the hurricane evacuation for this corridor.”

While the majority of the plans have been decided on, there are still a few parts up in the air, including whether or not the state plans to toll the road.

“There’ s going to be some kind of traffic operation management, which could include some form of tolling, HOV or so forth,” Correa says.

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