As seen in Southside Daily, with shovels in their hands, local elected and appointed officials broke ground Thursday afternoon for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s I-64, I-264 interchange improvement project.
It’s a two-phase, $158 million project that will provide four miles of interstate improvements and new bridges from the Twin Bridges to Virginia Beach’s Witchduck Road interchange.
What Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms said is one of the most backed up interchanges in the state could be completed by 2019, according to VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick.
“Today we’re here to break ground for one of nine priority projects in Hampton Roads that will help alleviate congestion and provide safer roads,” said Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne. “The most significantly weighted aspect of smart scale for Hampton Roads is congestion mitigation.”
The smart scale scoring system is designed to ensure that the state is wisely investing tax dollars to projects that meet the most critical transportation needs in Virginia. Scores are determined through objective, outcome-based processes transparent to taxpayers to keep decision makers accountable, according to Layne.
Layne also said this project in particular will help recent reforms and restrictions on tolling, specifically the future conversion effort of HOV lanes to HOT lanes to occur sometime next July.
(Pictured From left to right: VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick, Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, Senator Frank Wagner, Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander, Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne and Delegate Ron Villanueva break ground for the I-64, I-264 interchange improvement project on Newtown Road. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)