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NORFOLK -- Work began Tuesday on a $128 million effort to make parts of I-64 and I-264 on Southside Hampton Roads smoother and safer for drivers.

VDOT's Pavement Rehabilitation Project will focus on 163 lane-miles in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Major construction in this 18-month project is underway and will include the installation of pavement overlay, concrete patching, minor drainage improvements and adjustments to median barriers and guardrails.

VDOT says the work is one of its top priorities for 2014-2015 and will extendpavement life in those areas by 15 years or more.

The first segment of work in along I-64 in Norfolk; work on I-264 in Virginia Beach is in the third segment.

The work will require VDOT to close lanes, affecting your drive. VDOT says it won't close lanes during peak travel times, but drivers can expect closures from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights. Any weekend closures will be announced in advance.

VDOT Hampton Roads District Administrator James S. Utterback says traffic conditions will be monitored nightly and adjustments will be made as necessary.

PROJECT AREAS:

I-64 from Little Creek Road Bridge to Bridge over Curlew Drive
I-264 from Claiborne Avenue Bridge to Broad Creek Bridge
Distance: 10 miles | 67 lane miles

I-64 HRBT to Little Creek Road Bridge
Distance: 5 miles | 20 lane miles

I-264 Railroad Bridge West of Witchduck Road to Parks Avenue
Distance: 12 miles | 76 lane miles

'This interstate restoration project is needed for the Hampton Roads region,' said Utterback. 'VDOT is aware of the urgency to refurbish this highway, and our commitment is to make this project a top priority so that motorists can soon experience a safe and smooth roadway throughout their daily travels.'

View/download the project area maps:

Overall map

First segment map

Second segment map

Third segment map

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