HAMPTON, Va. — Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin emergency repair work on February 17 beneath the I-64 east bridge over Armistead Avenue in Hampton.

Construction will take place for the next four months, and crews will work to remove and replace two box beams within the outside auxiliary ramp lane of the eastbound I-64 bridge.

Once the beams are replaced, the bridge deck within the ramp lane closure will be milled and paved. Weather permitting, all repair work is estimated to be complete by Memorial Day.

Since the bridge deck will be demolished for the beam to be removed and replaced, the LaSalle Avenue on-ramp and auxiliary lane on I-64 east will be closed with a signed detour in place for the duration of the repairs.

The three main eastbound lanes will stay open during the construction.

VDOT safety inspection staff increased their inspections at the bridge after crews noticed the deterioration last June.

During inspections, the box beams weren’t showing any extra deterioration or failure. VDOT says drivers are not in any imminent danger and can still safely use the bridge without concern.

Jerome Maxwell lives off Armistead Avenue, right by I-64. It's a route he drives all the time.

“At least three times a day,” Maxwell said. “We see the water leaking a lot but I never paid attention to concrete falling.”

Drivers said the detours and road closure will be an inconvenience.

“I'm trying to figure out where would I go, probably down to Mercury to get on the interstate,” Maxwell said.

Drivers know this project is long overdue. It's been more than 30 years since crews reconstructed and widened this bridge.

“I hope they do it quicker,” Maxwell said. “It's a big inconvenience for a lot of people.”

According to VDOT, to eliminate any additional deterioration, they have accelerated the rehabilitation of the two locations to bring this structure back to its original condition prior to the summer travel season.

The timing for this project was also chosen to reduce impacts to increased summer traffic by finishing by late May, while also taking into consideration temperature sensitive construction activities.

VDOT has awarded a $1.4 million contract to Curtis Contracting, with an estimated completion of late May 2019, weather permitting.

Click here to learn more about the construction project.