Project Update
March 2020
Greenwich Road Flyover Construction Progresses to I-264 Median
With traffic shifted, drilled shaft operations beginning soon
With the Greenwich Road flyover taking shape on both the north and south side of I-264, motorists will soon see extensive work happening in the interstate median -- a sign of significant progress toward completion of the new bridge.

Starting as early as the week of March 9, crews will begin drilled shaft construction and installation. Drilled shafts are deep foundations for bridges that support the structure's load.

This work is all leading up to the erection of steel girders, set to take place in late spring/early summer. The Greenwich Road flyover is set to open to traffic in late 2020.
At left: Crews construct a drilled shaft cage in this 2017 file photo from Phase I construction of the I-64/264 Interchange Improvements Project. Drilled shafts support the load of a bridge. Above: Work continues in the I-264 median in early March. Photos courtesy of VDOT.
What will construction and installation of the drilled shafts look like?

Motorists traveling on I-264 between the Newtown Road and Witchduck Road exits will see large cranes lifting drilled shaft cages in the air while work is underway.

Despite the visual nature of the work, drivers should focus on the road ahead, not the ongoing construction happening in the median and on either side of the interstate.

In an effort to prevent unnecessary slowdowns and distracted driving while this work is underway, here's what motorists can expect to see, in advance of the work occurring:

Step 1

The drilled shaft cage is construct-ed and then lifted by a crane

Step 2
The crane carries the drilled shaft cage higher until it is perpen-dicular with the ground

Step 3
The drilled shaft cage is then carefully lowered into a hole and filled with concrete
Traffic Shift Implemented on I-264 East
Crews implemented a traffic shift on I-264 east near Topgolf (between the Newtown Road and Witchduck Road exits) in mid-February, which allows crews to work safely in the median while maintaining all lanes of traffic in this location.

Motorists are now driving on a temporary new alignment, about 25 feet to the right, which will be in place through summer 2020.

In an effort to improve clarity throughout the traffic shift, VDOT has taken the following measures:
  • Further eradication of previous pavement markings;
  • Demarcation of lanes using solid white tape; and
  • Addition of reflective pavement markings for motorists driving at night.

VDOT personnel will continue to drive through this work zone at various times and weather conditions to evaluate traffic configurations and markings to optimize safety for motorists and crews working along the road. 
Above: A rendering shows the completed Greenwich Road flyover, which is scheduled to open in late 2020 and will carry two-way traffic over the interstate. Photo courtesy of VDOT.
Flagging Operations
Daytime flagging operations and lane closures are scheduled along Greenwich and Newtown roads to allow crews to safely complete utility work and construction of the new roundabout at Greenwich Road. Motorists should stay alert and pay attention to directions from flaggers.

Interstate Lane and Ramp Closures
Various shoulders, lanes and ramps along I-64 and I-264 within project limits will be closed periodically for construction, typically after 7 p.m. to minimize impacts to the traveling public. Review scheduled weekly lane closures for all of the Hampton Roads region here.

Grayson Road Utility Work
A portion of Grayson Road -- near Witchduck Road and the I-264 interchange -- will close weeknights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for utility work, starting as early as April 2020. At all other times, the road will be open to through traffic, meaning that vehicles can travel from one end of Grayson Road to the other. Property owners and patrons will have access to the properties along Grayson Road at all times.
Phase I (I-64/264 to Newtown Road)
Recently Completed
  • Stabilized slope I-64 east vicinity of Curlew Drive
  • Kempsville Road and Curlew Drive: pier protection, curbing, sidewalk and pavement
  • Replaced expansion joints and rehabilitated bridge on I-264 east over Kempsville Road

  • Grading, seeding and landscaping
  • Sound barrier construction I-64 east in the vicinity of Curlew Drive
Phase II (Newtown Road to Witchduck Road)
Recently Completed
  • Eastern two barrels of Quad Box Extension
  • Greenwich Road flyover construction: Back walls and Pier 3
  • Relocated City of Virginia Beach 42-inch water supply
  • Relocated Newtown Road 48-inch sewer line
  • I-264 east traffic shift near Topgolf

  • Utility work Greenwich and Newtown roads
  • Storm water management features: ponds and conveyance channels
  • Greenwich Road flyover construction: I-264 median, Pier 1 and Pier 2
  • Bridge over railroad: utility relocations and substructure repairs

  • Greenwich Road flyover: drilled shafts and steel girder erection

Holding a cellphone while driving in a Virginia road work zone is against the law. Violators will face a $250 fine.