The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and English Construction Company Inc. of Lynchburg, have started a $67 million project to improve the I-295/I-64 interchange in western Henrico County, which includes widening Pouncey Tract Road and construction of a new flyover ramp from eastbound I-64 to I-295 south.
The project will improve the flow of traffic between I-295 and Route 288, and is scheduled for completion in spring 2009.
The project involves adding a lane to the outside of I-64 in both directions between Route 288 and Route 250 (Broad St. exit 178). The current one-lane ramp from I-295 north to westbound I-64 (towards Charlottesville) will be increased to two lanes. In addition, the current one-lane ramp from westbound I-64 to southbound I-295 will be increased to two lanes. A new two-lane flyover ramp will carry eastbound I-64 traffic to I-295 south. The ramp will be 1,765 ft. (540 m) long and 35 ft. (10.7 m) above I-64.
Construction on Pouncey Tract Road will take place between Twin Hickory Lake Drive and the first signal north of Broad Street. The existing two-lane bridge over I-64 will be replaced with a four-lane bridge. The new bridge will be 338 ft. (103 m) long with a raised median, sidewalks and aluminum railing on each side. In addition, modifications will be made to the first traffic signal north of Broad Street. Widening of Pouncey Tract Road is expected to be complete in spring 2008.