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About the Project

In 2014, the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) included a Hampton Roads Crossing Study in its list of priority projects, which led to the development of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to evaluate options for this crossing. In December 2016, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved “Alternative A” as the preferred alternative for this study, laying the groundwork to complete the SEIS and obtain a Record of Decision in June 2017.

Expansion project improvements will occur in the I-64 corridor between Settlers Landing Road in Hampton and I-564 in Norfolk and include adding a third lane and a drivable shoulder to I-64 in each direction.  New twin two-lane tunnels will accommodate four lanes of traffic for a total of eight lanes of capacity across the water and will be constructed as bored tunnels.

See the HRBT Expansion Project Fact Sheet for more details. >


Project Leadership

James S. Utterback - VDOT/HRBT Expansion Project Director

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James S. Utterback was named Project Director for the HRBT Expansion Project in January 2018 after serving as District Administrator of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Hampton Roads District for five years. During that time, he led the development and delivery of one VDOT’s largest district construction programs with a total contract value exceeding one billion dollars.  Utterback has been with VDOT for 20 years. In addition to his state service, he served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserves for 26 years, retiring in 2010 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Utterback says he is honored to lead a project that was made possible through unprecedented regional cooperation. “To know that the Hampton Roads region is behind this project 100 percent gives me great satisfaction as our team commits to deliver the Commonwealth’s largest-ever construction contract on time and on budget." - James Utterback

 

José Martin-  HRCP Project Executive

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José Martin is a Senior Vice President with Dragados USA, Inc., and serves as the Project Executive for the HRBT Expansion Project.  Martin is a civil engineer with over 15 years of experience managing infrastructure construction projects in Spain and the United States, including TBM tunneling.

Project Funding
hrtac-logo Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) is the primary funding agent of the project, which is being financed with regional sales and gas tax collections.  Additional funding includes $200 million from the Commonwealth’s SMART SCALE transportation prioritization program (where it ranked first in the following categories: congestion, access to jobs, multimodal access, intermodal access, and travel time reliability), and $108 million from VDOT.

Project Partnerships
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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for building, maintaining and operating the state's roads, bridges and tunnels.  VDOT is the owner of the HRBT Expansion Project.

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Hampton Roads Connector Partners, a design-build team, will build the HRBT Expansion Project.  HRCP is a joint venture consisting of multiple partners, with Dragados USA serving as lead contractor and HDR and Mott MacDonald as lead designers. The team also includes Flatiron Constructors, Vinci Construction, and Dodin Campenon Bernard.

Project Progress

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  Groundbreaking Ceremony

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       South Island Progress

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Project Stakeholders

The HRBT Expansion Project Stakeholders Committee consists of key community, military, industry and maritime leaders along the 9.9 mile project corridor. These leaders will serve as advisors to the HRBT Expansion team, keeping them abreast of challenges, suggesting solutions, and serving as public ambassadors for the project.  The stakeholders committee meets on a quarterly basis.

Committee members include leadership from the United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC), Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), Hampton Roads Chamber and Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, City of Norfolk, City of Hampton, Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (HRMFFA), Port of Virginia, Virginia State Police, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Virginia Maritime Association (VMA), Huntington-Ingalls and Hampton University.

HRBT Expansion Project Stakeholders Committee Members

  • Sgt. Michelle Anaya, Virginia State Police
  • Jerry Barnes, United States Coast Guard-5th District
  • Heather Criner, Huntington Ingalls Industries-NNS
  • Robert Crum, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
  • Will Fediw, Virginia Maritime Association
  • Lt. Commander Peter Francisco, United States Coast Guard-Va Sector
  • Commander Dean Horton, United States Coast Guard-Va Sector
  • Amy Inman, City of Norfolk
  • Commander Chris Landess, PE, United States Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
  • Lt. Greg Mathias, Virginia State Police
  • Bob McKenna, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
  • Jason Mitchell, City of Hampton
  • Dan Mott, Federal Highway Administration
  • Kevin Page, Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission
  • Commander Hal Pitts, United States Coast Guard-5th District
  • James Pol, Federal Highway Administration
  • Craig Quigley, Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance
  • Dr. Taquisa Simmons, VA Medical Center
  • Bryan Stephens, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
  • Captain Caren Sterling, Virginia State Police
  • Captain Samson Stevens, United States Coast Guard-Va Sector
  • Doretha Spells, Hampton University
  • Bill Thomas, Hampton University
  • Cathie Vick, Port of Virginia
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