Final Phase of I-64 Project Begins Starts Months Early

Wed August 30, 2006 - Southeast Edition

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is entering the third and final phase of the Interstate 64 bridge widening and rehabilitation project over the Acca railroad switching yard. The project is currently two months ahead of schedule, with the anticipated completion set at November 2007.

Beginning Aug. 7, crews began a traffic shift on I-64 west that allowed motorists to merge into four lanes across the bridge.

In September, VDOT plans to open two additional lanes on I-64 east for a total of five lanes across the bridge. Overnight lane closures will continue from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. as needed. Motorists can expect delays in this area, especially during peak travel times.

“This project is along one of the most heavily-traveled areas in Richmond,” said Ray Johnston, VDOT project manager. “We are pleased to be entering into this final phase two months ahead of schedule and will do our best to complete this project on time so motorists can enjoy smoother travel across the bridge.”

The $23 million project involves rehabilitation and widening of the I-64 bridge over the Acca railroad switching yard. This project will not only improve the current 42-year-old structure, but will also reduce congestion at the Bryan Park interchange and provide two additional lanes in each direction (for a total of 10 lanes), offering a continuous merge lane from Staples Mill Road to the Laburnum Avenue/I-195 interchange.