New bridge is in foreground. Click image for full-sized rendering.
At the completion of the project, the existing bridge will carry only I-64 east traffic (toward I-264/Bower's Hill), while the new bridge, which will be constructed immediately to the south, will carry I-64 west traffic (toward Virginia Beach).
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* Actual start and end times are subject to change and will fall within the timeline below.
At A Glance
From 0.6 mile east of the I-264 interchange at Bowers Hill to 0.9 mile east of the I-464 interchange
Construction Began Summer 2018
Completion July 2021
Approximately $409.6 million
Funded by Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission and Virginia's SMART SCALE Program
VDOT determined a design-build contracting approach would expedite delivery of the I-64 High Rise Bridge Project. Under this method, the design-builder performs final design, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, permit acquisition and construction. This approach allows some of these activities to be done concurrently.
The project will be designed to accommodate a future project that will expand the corridor to a total of eight lanes.
In March 2013, the Hampton Roads 2034 Long-Range Transportation Plan was amended to include an environmental study for the improvement of the Interstate 64 ( I-64) corridor from I-464 to I-664/264, including the High Rise Bridge. The purpose of the environmental study was to develop alternative solutions to address insufficient transportation capacity and correct roadway and bridge deficiencies throughout the corridor. The Draft Environmental Assessment was approved by Federal Highway Administration in October 2014.
In March 2015, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) identified Candidate Build Alternative 2, addition of two lanes of capacity in each direction including the construction of a new bridge and replacement of the existing bridge, with a decision regarding the management option to be made at a later date. In its resolution, the CTB encouraged the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) and the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) to work with VDOT to identify funding for inclusion in the HRTPO planning documents and to determine the appropriate management option(s) for the corridor.
In July 2015, VDOT embarked on a phasing study to determine how best to deliver the project. VDOT evaluated cost and schedule risks with the phased construction approach that would enable construction to begin on the I-64 High-Rise Bridge. The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization endorsed the study's findings and made the decision to build the project in two phases.
In February 2016, VDOT started development of a Design-Build Contract for Phase 1. The Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission allocated right-of-way and construction funding for Phase 1 at its June 16, 2016 Regular Meeting.
On August 22, 2016, the Federal Highway Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (See below). That concluded the National Environmental Policy Act process and allowed the project to be advanced to more detailed levels of design.
The Request for Qualifications from design-build contractors (DBers) for Phase 1 was issued in August 2016. The Request for Proposals from qualified design-build contractors who were short-listed was issued in December 2016. The selection process culminated in the Contract Award by the Commonwealth Transportation Board on Oct. 24, 2017. The notice to proceed (NTP) for the design-build contractor is scheduled for November 2017.
The EA and associated technical documents (PDF) can be downloaded at the links below.