Project Update
May 2021
New On-Ramp to I-264 East Open to Traffic
Updated traffic pattern implemented at Greenwich Road
Contractor crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation last month opened a new on-ramp to I-264 east, creating a new traffic pattern at the roundabout on Greenwich Road and updating how eastbound motorists access the interstate.

The new on-ramp and traffic patterns, part of the south side reconfiguration of the Newtown Road interchange with I-264, are designed with safety in mind by reducing conflict points, increasing efficiency and minimizing weaving movements as drivers merge.

With the opening of the new on-ramp, the existing ramp to I-264 east at Newtown Road closed permanently and will be demolished to become a storm water management basin.

As a reminder, the updated traffic patterns in this corridor include:

  • For traffic on Newtown Road heading to I-264 east: Traffic traveling in either direction of Newtown Road will take eastbound Greenwich Road and utilize the roundabout to access I-264 east.
  • For traffic on eastbound Greenwich Road: Traffic traveling on eastbound Greenwich Road (toward the Greenwich Road flyover) will stay left on the new roundabout to access I-264 east or go right to follow the roundabout and continue on eastbound Greenwich Road.
  • For traffic on westbound Greenwich Road: Traffic traveling on westbound Greenwich Road (toward Newtown Road) will turn right at the roundabout near the Courtyard by Marriott hotel and utilize the new ramp to access I-264 east. or stay left on to the new roundabout to continue on westbound Greenwich Road and access Newtown Road.
At left: The new roundabout at Greenwich Road updated the traffic pattern for motorists to access I-264 east. With the opening of the roundabout and new on-ramp to I-264, the former on-ramp to I-264 east from Newtown Road closed to traffic permanently. Rendering courtesy of VDOT.
Updated interchanges take shape at Newtown, Witchduck
One major component of Phase II of the I-64/I-264 Interchange Improvements Project is the reconfiguration of the interchanges at Newtown Road (exit 15) and Witchduck Road (exit 16).

This reconfiguration includes elimination of weave movements and improved traffic flow through a series of new on- and off-ramps at each interchange. Grading, excavation and installation of drainage features continue at each interchange. Storm water management basins will also be included at each updated interchange to improve drainage in the area.
Construction continues on Greenwich Road flyover while bridge open to traffic
Work continues on the new Greenwich Road flyover, following the bridge's phased opening in early March.

The bridge initially opened to two lanes of traffic, with one lane of traffic in each direction between Greenwich Road and Cleveland Street.

With barricades in place to safely separate traffic from VDOT contractor crews, work continues on the flyover and the road immediately approaching either side of the structure, including curb, gutter and sidewalk. Upcoming work will include bridge painting and installation of decorative bridge panels.

The phased opening of the flyover allowed the project contractor to move forward with its work to improve the five-legged Witchduck intersection, while simultaneously opening up new access for motorists from Cleveland Street to Greenwich Road. 

Ultimately, the flyover will accommodate four lanes of traffic, with two lanes of traffic in each direction. This work is expected to be completed in fall 2021, aligning with the substantial completion date of the interchange project.
Above:The newly opened Greenwich Road flyover connects Greenwich Road with Cleveland Street on the north side of I-264. Photo courtesy of VDOT.
TRAVEL IMPACTS
Flagging Operations
Daytime flagging operations and lane closures are scheduled along Greenwich Road for utility and paving work. 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.

Shoulder Lane Closure on I-264 East at Witchduck Road (Exit 16)
An ongoing shoulder lane closure is in place on I-264 east at Witchduck Road (exit 16) for bridge work. The exit- and on-ramp at this interchange remain open to traffic.

Lane closures, access changes on Cleveland Street
As paving and other work continues on Cleveland Street, motorists may notice lane closures or temporary changes to entrances/exits of businesses in this corridor. Access to businesses, however, will be maintained at all times.

All work is weather- and schedule-dependent and subject to change.
ADDITIONAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES
In addition to the construction activities mentioned above, the following work is ongoing within the project limits:
  • Excavation and grading for the sound wall on I-64 east near the I-264 interchange;
  • Road widening on I-264 east between Newtown Road (exit 15) and Witchduck Road (exit 16) for extension of the collector-distributor road;
  • Bridge work at the structures on I-264 spanning Newtown Road and the former Norfolk Southern railroad tracks;
  • Erosion and sediment control throughout the project limits; and
  • Paving, curb and gutter and sidewalk work along Cleveland Street.
REMINDER:
WORK ZONE SAFETY

Please be mindful of crews working alongside the road.

As a reminder, as of Jan. 1, 2021, you can be ticketed for holding a phone while driving.
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