VDOT might add extra lane onto I-64

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RICHMOND, Va. — It happens often when you’re driving east on Interstate 64 to Busch Gardens or Virginia Beach. You get through downtown Richmond okay, but traffic slows down and eventually comes to a stop once you get into eastern Henrico near the 295 interchange.

Part of the reason for the slowdown is due to the interstate shrinking down to two lanes.

Now the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are working to ease congestion in that area. The departments are taking public comments on ways they can improve traffic on Interstate 64 in Henrico and New Kent counties.

“The proposal includes one additional lane in the median of each direction of I-64 from approximately Exit 200 at the I-295 interchange to Exit 205 near Bottoms Bridge,” a VDOT spokesperson said. “If approved, this will be the fourth section to be implemented from the I-64 Peninsula Study Final Environmental Impact Statement.”

VDOT specifically wants comments on its draft request for Record of Decision (ROD) on this section, available for you to read here.

Comments are due by September 27. They can be mailed to Mr. Palmer Stearns, 2430 Pine Forest Drive, Colonial Heights, VA 23834, called into 804-524-6012 or sent via email.

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