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The I-64 Widening Project in Newport News is the first operationally independent segment of the widening of Interstate 64 (I-64).The purpose and need of this proposed widening project is to provide immediate congestion relief to the roadway corridor. The proposed improvements include the addition of one 12-foot wide travel lane and one 12-foot wide shoulder in each direction to widen this four-lane section of I-64 to a six-lane section.

This 5.6 mile corridor of I-64 ties into an eight-lane interstate system to the east and is currently the most congested section of the I-64 Peninsula corridor. The widening is expected to occur in the median of the existing interstate, limiting the amount of right of way required to construct the project and avoid impacts to existing interchanges.

Existing bridges within the corridor will be widened to the inside, providing the same typical section as the roadway. These improvements will increase capacity, minimize geometric and structural deficiencies, provide more lanes for evacuation and improve safety by reducing congestion and improving vehicular level of service.