Frequently Asked Questions
How will traffic be affected during construction? Will construction take place at night?
To minimize inconvenience to motorists, no daytime lane closures are planned at this time. Lane closures and construction information will be announced weekly throughout the duration of the project. Two lanes in each direction will be maintained throughout construction during the day, with temporary lane closures at night as needed. The design-builder will develop detailed plans for maintenance of traffic, which may include shifting traffic towards the existing outside shoulder during construction. Emergency pull off areas for disabled vehicles will be provided as required.
Will there be trees left in the median? What type of landscaping will be used?
The trees in the median space will be addressed on a case by case basis as needed to accommodate stormwater management and cut and fill slopes. The raised median with concrete barriers will utilize context sensitive design with low maintenance shrubs or bushes.
Will the interchanges be upgraded?
Modifications to the interchanges are not included as part of this project. However, interchange operations will benefit from the additional capacity of the new lanes on I-64 and the lengthening of the acceleration and deceleration ramps.
How will traffic be impacted on the side roads within the project corridor?
Long term lane closures will be required on Penniman Road (Rte. 641), Jefferson Avenue (Rte. 143) and Yorktown Road (Rte. 238). These closures are required for bridge pier construction to accommodate the proposed widened roadway section for I-64.
Will the interchange ramps be affected during construction?
Yes, there will be some impacts to the interchange ramps during construction to reconstruct the existing pavement. This may include some night-time ramp closures. These will be publicized in advance.
When will construction begin and how long will the project take to complete?
- Segment I: Construction began in September 2015, and is expected to be complete by December 2017
- Segment II: Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016, and is expected to be complete by July 2019.
- Segment III: Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018, and is expected to be complete by 2021.
Will the project include fixing the existing travel lanes?
Yes, the existing pavement will be replaced.
Will construction of Segment II overlap with that of Segment I?
Yes, major construction activities within both projects will overlap by approximately 1 year.