December 8, 2017
Friday, December 1, marked the on-time and on-budget completion of the $122 million I-64 Widening Segment I construction project, spanning approximately 5.6 miles, from west of Jefferson Avenue to just east of Yorktown Road in Newport News. 

After breaking ground on Segment I in September 2015, crews worked tirelessly around the clock to construct an additional 12-foot travel lane and 12-foot shoulder in each direction on I-64, as well as:

  • Repaired and widened four bridges at Fort Eustis Boulevard and the Lee Hall Reservoir
  • Demolished and reconstructed two brand new bridges at Industrial Park Drive
  • Lengthened the on- and off-ramps at Fort Eustis Boulevard
  • Constructed starfish-stamped noise walls along the interstate
  • Added low-maintenance landscaping throughout the median and corridor. 

The project was delivered in only 22 months and on budget, with thanks to Shirley Contracting's hard work, and the design-build model chosen to streamline the delivery of all three segments of the I-64 Widening Project. 
Experience driving through a portion of the newly widened interstate in the video below:
View progression of the first segment in a video from the Completion Ceremony on December 1:
A ribbon cutting and completion ceremony was held on the morning of December 1, underneath the brand new Industrial Park Drive overpass bridges, with speakers Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne, HRTAC Chairman Michael Hipple and Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, as well as numerous state senators and delegates in attendance.

Design-build contractor Shirley Contracting, has also been awarded the Segment III widening work.
Segment III Contract Awarded By CTB
$178.3 Million Contract Awarded to Shirley Contracting Company

On December 6, a $178.3 million design-build contract was awarded by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to Shirley Contracting Company to complete Segment III of the I-64 Capacity Improvements Project. This segment will add a lane in each direction for 8.2 miles, from about 1 mile west of the Lightfoot Exit to 1 mile west of the Humelsine Parkway/Marquis Center Parkway Exit in York County.

Project improvements will include:
  • Full-depth reconstruction of existing travel lanes and outside shoulder
  • The addition of one 12-foot-wide travel lane and one 12-foot-wide paved shoulder in each direction
  • Lengthening of acceleration and deceleration lanes
  • Repair and widening of four mainline bridges and replacement of existing bridges over Queens Creek
  • Repair/extension of three major box culverts

VDOT will issue a notice to proceed to the design-build contractor in January 2018. Construction is estimated to be complete in September 2021.
Under Construction
Segment II Work Activities
´╗┐Recently Completed

  • Pile driving at all nine bridges (Jefferson Avenue, Penniman Road, Yorktown Road, Burma Road, and Exit 243B ramp.)
  • Installation of overhead sign structure foundations.
  • Installation of stay-in-place deck forms for the Exit 243B Ramp Bridge.

Current Status:

  • Continue clearing and grubbing operations outside of the eastbound lanes from Jefferson Avenue to Burma Road.
  • Continue maintenance work throughout corridor, including striping, tree trimming and pothole repairs.
  • Continue cut and fill operations and subgrade stabilization.
  • Form, Resteel & Pour operations at the Yorktown Bridge, Penniman Road Bridge, Burma Road Bridge, Exit 243B Ramp Bridge, and Jefferson Bridge.
  • Spot repairs and paint removal at Burma Road and Exit 243B Ramp bridges.
  • Hydrodemoliton of existing deck on Penniman Road bridges.
  • Placement of subbase layer of cement-treated crushed concrete, open grade drainage layer, and base layer of CCPR material.
  • Full-depth reclamation operations in the existing inside lanes.
  • Installation of pipe and drainage structures in the median.

Upcoming Work Activities:

  • Cut and fill operations in the median.
  • Maintenance work throughout the corridor.
  • Bridge construction activities on the Yorktown Road, Jefferson Avenue, Burma Road, Penniman Road, and Exit 243B Ramp bridges. 
  • Erecting steel girders at Burma Road and Penniman Road bridges.
  • Placement of bridge deck concrete on the Exit 243B Ramp Bridge.
  • Work on existing and new drainage culverts.
  • Placement of CCPR materials and asphalt in newly constructed lanes.
New pier columns and caps at Penniman Road Bridge
New lanes being constructed in the median between Penniman Road and Route 199 overpass
New stay-in-place forms and shear studs on the
´╗┐Exit 243B Ramp Bridge
Penniman Road Bridge Widening
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 (Humelsine Parkway) (exit 242).

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.