NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A major thoroughfare that is expected to help reduce congestion has officially opened in Norfolk.
A ramp from Interstate 564 to directly to Norfolk International Terminals is finally finished. Officials believe the new roadway will help remove 750 trucks from city streets each day — which means less traffic near the port.
As of now, the new ramp will only serve port traffic. The new connector will be four lanes and will include new bridges and overpasses, exit and entrance ramps.
VDOT says signs will be posted along I-564 to warn drivers about the ramp to “Port Traffic Only.”
This new connector opens months after the port completed work on a 26-lane North Gate expansion.
“VDOT understood the significance of this project relative to the port’s ability to expedite cargo and we are grateful for the push to bring this project online before year’s end,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.
Officials say the connector will open to Naval Station Norfolk Gate 6 and local traffic to Hampton Boulevard in 2018.
Construction crews still have more to work to do on the project, but they are expected to be finished next fall.