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NORFOLK--The I-64 and I-264 interchange will soon be much brighter.

About five years ago, the Virginia Department of Transportation took down the 28 aging high-mast interstate lighting units, making that busy interchange much darker for drivers.

That was the beginning of a $2.2 million project to upgrade and replace conduit and lighting tower units on the east and westbound lanes.

Since March, 16 lights have been installed. There are seven more poles to go and they should be in place by mid-July, said VDOT spokeswoman Brooke Grow.

The 150-foot light masts with 1000-watt high-pressure sodium lamps will last longer and provide better lighting onto the road due to their more precise placement.

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