Third travel lane (Express Lane) now open in both directions throughout the corridor

About The Project

Project Map

New High Rise Bridge

View the new bridge on project cameras.

The new bridge which opened to traffic in July 2022 was constructed immediately to the south and carries I-64 west traffic (toward Virginia Beach). The original bridge, which was converted to carry additional lanes, now carries only I-64 east traffic (toward I-264/Bower's Hill).

Bridge rendering photo above. with the new bridge is in foreground. Click image for full-sized rendering.

Project Highlights

Construction Timeline

Construction began in summer 2018 and is scheduled to conclude in summer 2024. 

Traffic Impacts

At a Glance

Project Location

From 0.6 mile east of the I-264 interchange at Bowers Hill to 0.9 mile east of the I-464 interchange

Project Schedule

Construction Began Summer 2018

Completion Summer 2024

Construction Cost

Approximately $409.6 million

Funded by Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, Virginia's SMART SCALE Program and the Federal Highway Administration

Design-Build Contractor

Granite-Parsons-Corman, Joint Venture

Delivery Method

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.

Future Plans

The project will be designed to accommodate a future project that will expand the corridor to a total of eight lanes.

Project History

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. 

View the CTB resolution

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.

Environmental Assessment and Associated Technical Documents

The EA and associated technical documents (PDF) can be downloaded at the links below.