NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Construction crews officially broke ground Thursday afternoon on a project to improve traffic flow at the Interstate I-264/I-64 interchange.
The groundbreaking marks the beginning of the project’s first phase.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials say the construction project will provide four miles of improvements between the Twin Bridges and the Witchduck Road interchange in Virginia Beach.
The improvements are expected to ease congestion along the corridor.
“This should make travel in Hampton Roads much much easier,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne.
The plan is to widen 64 west to 264 and add two new ramps — one called a flyover, where drivers can go right from 64 west onto 264 east. The other will direct drivers to the Newtown Road interchange.
The mayors of Norfolk and Virginia Beach both support the project and call it a great step for growing regionalism.
“This interchange at I-64 and 264 is a great example of how an entire region will prosper and safety and mobility will improve because of the hard work of state and local leaders,” Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander said.
The project is already funded by local and state taxes along with transportation funds. Phase one will cost $160 million and will take about two years. Phase two, which will improve conditions near Witchduck Road and Greenwich Road, has yet to begin.
Residents in a meeting earlier this month expressed concerns about how the project could disrupt their lives and impact their properties.