April 4, 2018
More than 50 members of the Segment III project team made up of representatives from VDOT, design-builder Shirley Contracting Company and their subcontractor teams participated in a Segment III Kick-Off meeting held on February 6, at the VDOT Hampton Roads District Office.

VDOT issued a Notice to Proceed to the Segment III design-build contractor, Shirley Contracting on January 3, 2018, and geotechnical work is currently underway. Shoulder strengthening work will begin this summer. Construction of the entire project is estimated to be complete by June 2021.

The design-build contractor will be performing the final noise study later this year, following Federal Regulations and State Noise Policy. The study must then be reviewed and approved by VDOT and the Federal Highway Administration before it is finalized.

Three public information meetings will be held to present traffic impacts, the proposed limits of clearing, the proposed landscaping plan, the stormwater management design and improvements, and the Final Noise Analysis results as design progresses.

Look for future I-64 Widening Project email updates announcing when these meetings will take place.
Segment III Highlights

For the third segment of the I-64 Widening project, a 12-foot-wide travel lane and 12-foot-wide shoulder will be added in each direction for approximately 8.25 miles, from approximately 1 mile west of the Route 199/Lightfoot exit (exit 234) to 1 mile west of the Humelsine Parkway/Marquis Center Parkway (exit 242) in York County.

Work also includes:
  • Repair and widening of four bridges at Colonial Parkway and Lakeshead Drive
  • Full replacement of the two Queen’s Creek bridges
  • Repair/extension of three major culverts
  • Lengthening of on- and off-ramps
  • Reconstruction of the I-64 east off-ramp to Route 143 and the addition of a signalized stop at the end of the ramp.

Like Segment II, the environmentally-friendly and cost-effective processes of Cold Central Plant Recycling and Full Depth Reclamation will be utilized for lane construction. The Virginia Transportation Research Council will install instrumentation in the right wheel path of the right lane to measure the long-term performance of the reconstructed pavement. The sensors will allow researchers to observe the pavements’ performance during its service life and quantify the response to truck loading.
Segment II
Traffic shifts are anticipated to begin this spring in Segment II. The shifts will move traffic left from the two existing concrete travel lanes onto the new travel lanes in the median to allow for the full reconstruction of the outside lanes.

The first shift is anticipated to start westbound from the west end of the project limits (near Route 199 exit 242) through the Burma Road Bridge. More details to come.
Segment III
Design-phase geotechnical investigations are underway, including survey work, bridge scans and soil boring operations (pictured below). Geotechnical work near Queens Creek, including bridge deck boring is estimated to begin as early as April 9. Work on the bridge deck will require an overnight single-lane closure, and those traveling by water should take caution and refrain from traveling underneath while bridge deck work is underway.
Under Construction
Segment II Work Activities
Recently Completed

  • Erection of overhead sign structures at Busch Gardens interchanges.
  • Construction of Stormwater Management Basins on east end of the project.
  • Completed Form, Resteel, Pour (FRP) operations on multiple bridge activities to include deck retrofits, diaphragm installation, and parapet installation.

Current Status:

  • Continue maintenance work throughout corridor, including pothole and roadway repairs.
  • Continue cut and fill operations and subgrade stabilization.
  • Bridge repairs and new superstructure element installation at the nine interstate bridges.
  • Installation of new concrete bridge parapets
  • Placement of latex modified concrete overlays over existing bridge decks.
  • Placement of new pavement section in median to include:
  • Subbase layer of cement-treated crushed concrete
  • Base layer of Cold Central Plant Recycling Material
  • Surface asphalt
  • Full-depth reclamation (FDR) operations in the existing inside lanes.
  • Installation of pipe and drainage structures in the median.
  • Installation of new overhead sign structure foundations.
  • Installation of permanent guardrail in preparation for spring traffic shift.

Upcoming Work Activities:

  • Cut and fill operations in the median.
  • Maintenance work throughout the corridor.
  • Completion of Bridge Widening and repair activities on the Yorktown Road, Jefferson Avenue, Burma Road, Penniman Road, and Exit 243B Ramp bridges. 
  • Work on existing and new drainage culverts.
  • FDR operations and placement of CCPR materials and asphalt in newly constructed lanes.
  • Traffic shift anticipated this spring to shift traffic from the outside existing lanes onto the new inside lanes.
Pouring the bridge deck at the Exit 243B Ramp Bridge
Installation of new overhead signs on I-64 east for Busch Gardens and Marquis Center Parkway exits
Pouring bridge deck on the Exit 243B Ramp Bridge
Pouring bridge deck on Penniman Road Bridge
Travel Information
Lane Closures:
Each week's scheduled lane closures can be found on the project website on the Traffic Alerts page. 

All three lanes in each direction have reopened to traffic from west of Jefferson Avenue to just east of Yorktown Road in Newport News.

Weeknight east- and westbound single-lane closures take place on Sundays through Thursdays, beginning as early as 7 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. the following morning between Yorktown Road (exit 247) and Route 199/Lightfoot (exit 234).

All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions.

Alternate Routes:
Avoid the backups and find alternate routes around the work zone by viewing the  Alternate Routes Map now available on the I-64 Widening web site.
   Please obey the reduced 55 mph speed limit which is in effect 24/7 in both the east- and westbound work zones of the project between Yorktown Road (exit 247) and Colonial Parkway.