YORK COUNTY, Va. (WVEC) — The I-64 widening project on the peninsula continues with contractors getting to work on Segment III in York County.

"I think this will help. I've been really pleased with the project," said John Hummel, who lives in the Queens Lake area in York County.

Hummel and his wife, Nancy, said they've seen the different phases of the project, and have high hopes it'll improve traffic.

"I'm really pleased that the contractor is the same one who did the first phase because they did a really great job getting everything done in time. Actually, it's the best one I've seen Virginia do," said John.

"It's I-64 capacity improvement, so we're going from two lanes from eastbound to westbound to three, so it'll be three lanes through the area," said Chuck Smith with Shirley Contracting Company.

This segment will include many improvements, as residents learned at an open house Wednesday.

It includes 8 miles of new signage, drainage improvements, and repavement of existing lanes. The Hummels think the extra lanes will be a big help.

"It's going to really help the area because they need the extra lanes. It's going to take care of congestion for quite a few years," said John.

Throughout the work, there will be shoulder reductions and some lane closures overnight, but all lanes will stay open during the day. The contractors hope residents can think about the long-term benefits when the project wraps up in 2021.

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