HAMPTON -- In just a few days, drivers can speed up - legally - on parts of Interstate 64 and Interstate 664 in Hampton Roads.
For a week beginning March 1, 60 MPH signs will be installed for I-64 from Hampton Roads Center Parkway to Hampton Coliseum at I-664, on I-664 from Hampton Coliseum to Bowers Hill and on I-64 from Bowers Hill to the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake city line.
VDOT says the speed increase from 55 MPHwill make all of I-664 one speed in that area.
'The goal of the speed limit increase is to keep traffic moving in each lane at relatively similar speeds,' said Mike Corwin, VDOT Hampton Roads Regional Traffic Engineer.
VDOT also hopes the increase will help ease traffic congestion during rush hours.
VDOT says its studies show that large variations in speed may lead to accidents as faster traffic slows down or changes lanes to avoid slower drivers ahead.
Virginia State Police will be enforcing the increased speed limit once crews begin posting the new signs.
SIGN INSTALLATION SCHEDULE: (weather permitting)
City of Chesapeake:
I-64 Westbound: March 1
I-64 Eastbound: March 2
Cities of Chesapeake/Suffolk/Newport News/Hampton:
I-664 Northbound: March 5
I-664 Southbound: March 6
City of Hampton:
I-64 Westbound: March 7
I-64 Eastbound: March 8