VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Nearly $107.4 million will go toward expanding and improving the ramp from Interstate 64 west near the Twin Bridges to Interstate 264 east and Newtown Road.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded the money to Tutor Perini Corporation of New Rochelle, New York on Wednesday.
The project will improve the flow of traffic and safety at one of Hampton Roads’ most congested interchanges. A second exit lane from I-64 west will be added and the ramp from I-64 west to I-264 east will be widened.
A new two-lane collector-distributor road — which helps move traffic from local streets to major roads — will also be built from I-64 to the Newtown Road interchange.
The project includes a new two-lane flyover ramp, which will provide drivers direct access to I-264 east from I-64 west, which will eliminate the weaving traffic pattern motorists currently face to and from the Newtown Road interchange.
Construction will begin this fall.
This project is the first of two phases of improvements for the area. The second phase will extend improvements to Witchduck Road and build a new Greenwich Road overpass. Its expected to be advertised for construction in early 2017.
VDOT will be managing construction of this project. This is the second project underway with revenue from the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund, which is paid for with regional sales and fuel taxes enacted by a 2013 state law for regional road projects.