Hampton Roads Bridget-Tunnel Expansion and I-64 Widening FAQs Stay Informed

Congestion Relief Coming to Hampton Roads

The I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel in southeastern Virginia has long been one of the region’s most congested corridors. The existing 3.5-mile facility consists of two 2-lane immersed-tube tunnels on artificial islands, with trestle bridges to shore. These tunnels opened in 1957 (current westbound lanes) and 1976 (eastbound lanes) and are approximately 7,500 feet long. Traffic on these four lanes exceeds 100,000 vehicles per day during peak summer traffic.

The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project will ease this congestion with the addition of twin 2-lane bored tunnels just west of the existing eastbound tunnel.  Also, the 4-lane segments of the I-64 corridor in the cities of Hampton and Norfolk will be widened. A map of the project location is available here.

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The HRBT Expansion Project includes twin two-lane bored tunnels  

How much will the project cost?

The design-build construction contract has been awarded for $3.3 billion.  Including the construction contract, owner’s costs, and contingency, the total budget is $3.862 billion.  This makes it one of the largest infrastructure projects in the country.

How will the project be paid for?

The Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) is the primary funding agent for this project, using local revenue from sales and gasoline taxes in the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund.  The project will also receive state and federal support.

When will construction begin? How long will the project take to complete?

The construction contract was awarded in April 2019, with an estimated completion in November 2025.

Will my home or business be affected by the project?

Preliminary design concepts were presented at Design Public Hearings in August 2018, and the design-builder is refining these concepts in finalizing its design.

Will construction impact Hampton University property?

In accordance with the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s commitment in December 2016, the project will not take any of Hampton University’s property. The Programmatic Agreement, as part of the Final SEIS, also prohibits construction activities within a specified limit of disturbance around the Emancipation Oak in Hampton.

My company is interested in supplying products or services to help build this project. How do I get involved?

Please see the website for Hampton Roads Connector Partners at 
http://www.hamptonroadsconnector.com for business opportunities.

How can I stay informed of project updates?

Sign up here for the project email list to stay informed.

Where can I find project documents and resources?

Visit this page for project documents and resources, including the Final SEIS, and this page to learn more about procurement of the project.

Can I request a speaker to present the project to my organization?

Yes!  Send us a request via our Contact Us page.

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Project Update

Governor Northam Announces Comprehensive and Financial Agreements for Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project

NORFOLK—Governor Ralph Northam today announced the execution of agreements critical for advancement of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project.

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