Governor McAuliffe Breaks Ground on High Rise Bridge Expansion

January 12, 2018

Governor Terry McAuliffe today broke ground on the I-64 Southside Widening and High Rise Bridge Project, the largest design-build project to date for the Virginia Department of Transportation with a contract worth nearly $410 million.

The project will widen a nearly 9-mile-long portion of I-64 on the Southside with the addition of one HOT/Express Lane in each direction, expanding the corridor from four to six full-time lanes. It will also build a new fixed-span High Rise Bridge to the south of the existing bridge, which will remain in service.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $409.6 million contract to Granite/Parsons/Corman to design and build the project, which extends from 0.6 mile east of I-264 at Bowers Hill to 0.9 mile east of I-464. Completion is scheduled for July 2021.

The project will add capacity to a key evacuation route. In addition to the lane that will be added in each direction, the exterior shoulders between George Washington Highway and Great Bridge Boulevard will be constructed for use as travel lanes as well during peak traffic congestion, providing more capacity for that 3.5-mile stretch.

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