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 by widening the four-lane segments of the I-64 corridor in the cities of Hampton and Norfolk. A map of the project location is available here.

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How much will the project cost?

Including the construction contract, owner’s costs, and contingency, the total budget is estimated at $3.3 billion in 2016 dollars.  This will make 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 likely receive state and federal support and may also leverage private financing, depending on the selected procurement approach.

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

The construction contract is expected to be awarded in 2019, with an estimated completion in 2024.

Will my home or business be affected by the project?

The project footprint has not yet advanced far enough to confirm which properties will be affected.  A preliminary design was developed as a proof-of-concept for the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS).  In 2018, VDOT will request proposals from bidders to develop innovations that refine this design concept, which will be finalized when the construction contract is awarded in 2019.

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?

Check out the Procurement page to meet potential proposers who have expressed their interest in the project via one-on-one meetings and RFI response letters.

How can I stay informed of project updates?

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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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