I-64 expansion anxiety at Hampton University

13News Now Niko Clemmons has the story

HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- The President of Hampton University is discussing the proposed expansion of  Interstate 64 with students and staff.

In a press conference Friday, University President William Harvey told staff and students that the university will not give VDOT an inch of its land for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion.

Right now, I-64 is a major bottleneck near the HRBT. The expansion plan is among the biggest proposed projects in the state. It would widen that stretch of interstate, along with the bridge-tunnel. It still requires final approval before moving forward.

If approved, Hampton U is worried the state could take some historical land that is home to the Emancipation Oak. It's where a woman read President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation to southern slaves in 1863.

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne told The Associated Press in a phone interview that the project would use no school property. He said the state initially considered using some grounds, but they were nowhere near the tree. And he said the state has since backed away from that idea.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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