The Virginia Department of Transportation announced last week it has joined forces with the U.S. Navy to construct the Interstate 564 intermodal connector, which will be built at Naval Station Norfolk. The design-build project is estimated to cost $169 million.
VDOT says the project will provide a safer high-speed highway that will cut down on the area's congestion, get heavy truck traffic off area streets, and improve access to the naval base. The new I-564 intermodal connector will join the existing interstate through the navy base and to the Norfolk International Terminals (part of the Port of Virginia). The project will include four lanes, multiple new bridges and overpasses, and additional exit and entrance ramps.
"Extending and realigning I-564 will provide the starting point for a future crossing under the Elizabeth River to Interstate 664," said VDOT Secretary Sean Connaughton in a statement. "The commonwealth and VDOT worked extensively with the Navy, the city of Norfolk, and the Virginia Port Authority so that this partnership and the resulting transportation improvements will benefit all the parties involved. A smooth-flowing transportation network is of utmost importance to the security and economy of this region and the nation."
The project is part of a larger program to improve the Navy Triangle Area in Hampton Roads. To date, VDOT has already done some preliminary engineering and environmental work on the project, as well as right-of-way acquisition and utility design.
The project is expected to begin this spring. VDOT has applied for $22 million in federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant funding to assist in the construction of the project.
Additional information on VDOT's I-564 intermodal connector project is available at bit.ly/I564VDOT.