August 31, 2018
Shoulder Strengthening Operations Began Monday, August 13

Construction kicked off August 13, on the third operationally-independent segment of the I-64 Widening Project, spanning 8.25 miles, from 1.15 miles west of Route 199/Lightfoot (exit 234) to 1.05 miles west of the Humelsine Parkway/Marquis Center Parkway (exit 242) in York County. Shoulder strengthening operations are taking place overnight beginning in the westbound direction, followed by similar work in the eastbound direction. Once completed, traffic will be shifted to drive along the shoulders to allow for the construction of new lanes on the inside of the roadway.

On June 27, design-build contractor Shirley Contracting Company hosted a project information meeting at Bruton High School. About 240 people attended the open-house style meeting where they learned more about current project information, projected traffic impacts, the proposed limits of clearing, the stormwater management design and improvements, and the preliminary results of the Final Noise Analysis. Meeting materials and Frequently Asked Questions are available on the
I-64 Widening Project website here:
Shoulder Strenthening Seg III
Shoulder Strenghtening Seg III
New Traffic Patterns Continue in Segment II

Segment II's final major traffic shift of the summer is scheduled to take place the week of September 9, moving traffic from the existing lanes to the newly constructed lanes,to allow for reconstruction of the existing lanes.

A new traffic pattern will be in place after this shift on I-64 west from the eastern project limits, approximately 0.54 miles east of Yorktown Road (Route 238), to the overpass bridge over Jefferson Avenue (Route 143).

Once the reconstruction phase is complete on the existing lanes, a 2-inch layer of surface mix asphalt will be placed on both the new and reconstructed lanes, which will create a smooth surface across all lanes.

For more weekly traffic information, visit the Project Traffic Alerts page.
First Segment of I-64 Widening Project Wins National Award of Merit
Segment I of the I-64 Widening Project has won a National Award of Merit in the Transportation (other than Aviation) category from the Design-Build Institute of America.

The $112.5 million project, spanning nearly 6 miles in Newport News, consisted of adding an additional travel lane and full-width shoulder in each direction, repair and overlay of existing lanes, replacement and widening of six bridges, lengthening of acceleration and deceleration lanes, a 5.2-mile median widening, and construction of more than 200,000 square feet of noise barrier along the I-64 corridor.

The project was completed on-schedule in December 2017 by Shirley Contracting Company's design-build team, which is also constructing Segment III of the I-64 Widening Project.

This award automatically nominates the project for the National Award of Excellence, the highest honor in each category. The Merit and Excellence winners will be announced at the Design-Build Conference & Expo award show on November 8, in New Orleans, LA.
Segment II Work Activities
Recently Completed
  • Completed all eastbound traffic shifts throughout project corridor.
  • Completed westbound traffic shifts from western end of project through Lee Hall (exit 247).
  • Adjusted temporary concrete barrier, installed pavement markings, and shifted configuration of the eastbound Exit 243 A/B exit ramps. 
  • Bridge deck placements at Jefferson Avenue, Burma Road and Yorktown Road bridges.
  • Completed Full Depth Reclamation (FDR), Cold Central Plant Recycling operations and cement-treated crushed concrete placement for the newly constructed eastbound and westbound lanes. Learn more about these environmentally-friendly processes here.
  • Completed form, rebar, pour (FRP) operations on median barrier, east of Yorktown Road bridges and from Jefferson Avenue to Yorktown Road. 

Current Status:
  • Continue maintenance work throughout corridor, including pothole and roadway repairs.
  • Continue cut and fill operations and subgrade stabilization.
  • Full depth reclamation and paving operations on former existing lanes between Busch Gardens (exit 243A) and Route 143 (exit 247).
  • Removal of existing pavement concrete and shoulder pavement from former east- and westbound lanes between Route 143 (exit 243) and the eastern project limits (east of exit 247). 
  • Removal of existing and installation of new permanent guardrail in the eastern section of the corridor.
  • Installation of new permanent ground-mounted signs westbound between Route 143 (exit 243B) and Yorktown Road (exit 247).
  • Bridge repairs and new sub- and superstructure element installation at the nine interstate bridges.
  • Placement of latex modified concrete overlays over existing bridge decks.
  • Paving operations on former existing lanes to including placement of:
  • Subbase layer of cement-treated crushed concrete
  • Base layer of Cold Central Plant Recycling Material
  • Open graded drainage layer
  • Surface asphalt
  • Installation of pipe and drainage structures in the median.

Upcoming Work Activities:
  • Cut and fill operations in the median and outside existing lanes.
  • Maintenance work throughout the project corridor.
  • Completion of bridge widening and repair activities on the Yorktown Road, Jefferson Avenue, Burma Road, Penniman Road, and Exit 243B Ramp bridges. 
  • FDR operations and placement of CCPR materials and asphalt in existing lanes.
  • Next traffic shift westbound from the eastern project limits to Jefferson Avenue overpass.
Placing intermediate asphalt course at westbound Burma Road bridge approach.
Rigging spreader beam for headwall installation between Burma Road bridges and the Busch Gardens overpass.
Fine grading subgrade surface after FDR treatment for reconstruction of existing eastbound lanes at Penniman Road bridges.
Removal of demolished bridge approach slab at eastbound Burma Road bridge.
Compacting asphalt for intermediate asphalt course at westbound Burma Road bridge.
Segment III Work Activities
Shoulder Strenthening Seg III
Current Status:
  • Design development ongoing.
  • Performing utility test holes.
  • Milling and paving of westbound shoulder lanes.

Upcoming Work:
  • Shoulder strengthening in the eastbound shoulder lanes.
  • Construction barriers and median work to begin by the end of 2018.
Lane Closures:
Each week's scheduled lane and ramp closures can be found on the project website on the Traffic Alerts page. 

Weeknight east- and westbound single-lane closures on I-64 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.