NORFOLK - Work will continue all week to fix potholes, some described by drivers as being more like small craters, on the Interstates in Hampton Roads.
Dozens of holes opened up during the early Friday rain and the biggest problem area was I-264 in Norfolk from Waterside to the Broad Creek Bridge.
More than a dozen drivers had to pull off the road with damaged rims and flat ties after driving in the area from Waterside to the Broad Creek Bridge.
VDOT spokeswoman Lauren Hansen says they will handle legal claims from Friday's pothole damage directly because they veiw it as an emergency situation.
VDOT typically uses an interstate maintenance contractor to handle claims.
'It was a very unfortunate situation,' said Hansen. 'We are extremely sorry for anybody that was inconvienced by what happened Friday.'
TME Enterprises, Incorporated, a VDOT contractor, started making temporary repairs Friday afternoon and that company and VDOT crews then worked all weekend.
Curtis Contracting of West Point began emergency concrete repairs on I-264 east between the Claiborne Avenue overpass and Ballentine Boulevard and crews will work in the area all week each night from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following day.
WEEKEND WORK COMPLETED:
-I-264 east, two right lanes from Claiborne Avenue to Broad Creek Bridge
-I-264 east, ramps and loops from Waterside Drive to Newtown Road
-I-264 east, two right lanes from Witchduck Road to Parks Avenue
-I-264 east, two left lanes from Witchduck Road to Lynnhaven Parkway
-I-264 west from Military Highway to Claiborne Avenue
-I-264 west, two right lanes from Campostella Avenue to Claiborne Avenue
-I-264 west, ramps and loops from Military Highway to Waterside Drive
-I-264 west, two right lanes From Parks Avenue to Withduck Road
-I-264 west, two left lanes from Parks Avenue to Laskin Road
-I-64 east, from HRBT to Tidewater Drive -I-64 east, two left lanes from Norview Avenue to I-264 interchange
-I-64 west, from Northampton Boulevard to HRBT -I-64 west, right three lanes, from I-264 interchange to Virginia Beach Boulevard
-I-464 north and south, from Military Highway to Oak Grove Road
-I-564 east and west, two left lanes, and the Terminal Boulevard ramp
-I-664 north and south on the Peninsula (all of the mainline and the ramps)
TME will continue to patch potholes on I-64, I-264 and I-564 through the week at these locations:
-I-264 west, two left lanes from Claiborne Avenue to Broad Creek Bridge
-I-264 west, left lanes from Laskin Road to Witchduck Road
- I-264 east and west ramps and loops from Witchduck Road to Parks Avenue
-I-64/I-264 interchange ramps and loops
-I-564 east and west, right lanes
-I-564 Taussig Boulevard ramp and loops
As for longer-term fixes, VDOT said it hoped move up approval of work on a large-scale rehab of I-264 East in Norfolk, which was set to begin this Spring, and to complete projects along I-64 and I-264 in Va. Beach.
LONG-TERM REHAB PROJECTS:
-I-264 west from Claiborne Avenue to Broad Creek Bridge, Norfolk:COMPLETED
-I-64 east and west from I-64 HRBT to Tidewater Drive, Norfolk: ONGOING
-I-264 east from Broad Creek Bridge to Claiborne Avenue, Norfolk: UPCOMING
-I-264 east from Witchduck Road to Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach: ONGOING
-I-264 east from Lynnhaven Parkway to Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach: ONGOING