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Proposed Widening of I-64 Gains Support

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - Widening of one of the area's most traveled interstates is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Federal Highway Administration has signed the final environmental impact statement which supports the future widening of Interstate 64 - 75 miles from I-95 in Richmond to I-664 in Hampton.

Keisha Crawley commutes from Richmond to Williamsburg every day. She's thrilled to hear sections of Interstate 64 will be expanding.

"I think it's an excellent idea," she says. "Sometimes it gets congested. A lot of slowdowns and traffic backups sometimes it's not even due to a traffic accident it's just because."

The project is part of Governor McDonnell's transportation bill.

It supports widening 75 miles of I-64 from Richmond to Hampton.

Different sections will be done at different times. 

First up is five miles in Newport News, which will increase capacity for nearly 100,000 cars that drive the section of the road every day.

Other areas of I-64 will be worked on, ultimately expanding the entire route.

"It would be enough for everybody can pace themselves and it could go smoothly even if there is an accident, there would be enough space that it could be moved to the side and everybody could still get through," Crawley says.

Meetings will be held in the communities along I-64 before construction begins in each area.

For information and to see plans for the project, click here: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/i-64_peninsula_study.asp

 

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