ROADS/BRIDGES: Transportation board recommends HRBT expansion in Virginia

The plan would expand the bridge-tunnel from a four-lane highway to a six-lane highway

Road Construction News WVEC-TV October 21, 2016
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Transportation board recommends HRBT expansion in Virginia

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The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization is recommending an expansion for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) in Virginia.

 

The plan, which would expand the HRBT from a four-lane highway to a six-lane highway, was one of four possible plans to ease congestion between the Peninsula and the Southside.

 

Other proposals included building connections between Route 164 in Portsmouth and I-564 in Norfolk, expanding I-664, and building a water crossing between I-564 and the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel.

 

The proposal, known as "Alternative A," was the cheapest and smallest of the plans, costing $3.3 billion including a 40% contingency. Under the plan, the bridge-tunnel expansion would be completed by 2024.

 

The final decision will be made at a meeting this December by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

 

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