NORFOLK - Work could begin in 12 months on the new Interstate 564 intermodal connector on the grounds of Naval Station Norfolk.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) announced the agreement between the Virginia Department of Transportation and the U.S. Navy on Thursday.

The $169-million project will connect the existing I-564 through the Navy base and to the Norfolk International Terminals, part of the Port of Virginia. The new four-lane road, which will end near Hampton Blvd., will provide a safer high-speed highway that should decrease congestion, redirect heavy truck traffic from area streets and provide improved access to the base, McDonnell stated.

Earlier this month, there was a public meeting on the proposal, which includes relocating Gate 6 and reconfiguring the commercial vehicle inspection station for Naval Station Norfolk.

Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton said of the project, 'Extending and realigning I-564 will provide the starting point for a future crossing under the Elizabeth River to Interstate 664.'

'The project is fully funded in the six-year program, McDonnell spokesman Paul Logan told 'We're looking at contract award by the end of 2013 and construction to begin in 2014.'

Click here to learn moreabout the Interstate 564 Intermodal Connector Project.

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