Governor Ralph Northam has announced the execution of agreements critical for advancement of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project. The Commonwealth has signed a Project Agreement for Funding and Administration (PAFA) with the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC), and a Comprehensive Agreement with design-build team Hampton Roads Connector Partners for the HRBT Expansion Project.
The $3.8 billion project is expected to be completed by November 1, 2025. The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion is projected to bolster the economic competitiveness of the Hampton Roads region with more than $4.6 billion in investments and a projected 28,000 new jobs over the life of the project.
At its March meeting, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) endorsed the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Finding of Public Interest for the HRBT Expansion, and authorized execution of the PAFA. HRTAC authorized execution of the PAFA at its March meeting.
The primary source of funding for the project is HRTAC, with applications for state and federal financial support in the process of being finalized. In addition, VDOT will fund replacement of the bridge trestles on the Norfolk side.
Following today’s announcement by Governor Northam, VDOT Commissioner Stephen Brich and HRTAC Chairman Michael Hipple ceremonially signed the PAFA, and Commissioner Brich and Rafael de la Barreda, Executive Vice President of Dragados USA, ceremonially signed the Comprehensive Agreement.
This project will add two new two-lane tunnels. It will widen the four-lane sections of Interstate 64 in Hampton between Settlers Landing Road and the Phoebus shoreline, as well as the four-lane section of I-64 in Norfolk between the Willoughby shoreline and the I-564 interchange. More than 100,000 vehicles currently use this facility during peak travel periods.
Additional information is available on www.hrbtexpansion.org.