I-64 Southside & High Rise Bridge | Design Build

The I-64 Southside Widening and High Rise Bridge, Phase I Project is widening nearly 9 miles of I-64 in Chesapeake by adding one managed lane in each direction. It is VDOT’s largest Design Build Contract awarded, to date. The centerpiece of the project is the new, 100 foot tall High Rise Bridge with a fixed span just south of the existing bridge. Upon completion, westbound drivers will use the new crossing, while eastbound drivers will use the original bridge.

The purpose of this project is to improve mobility and safety through one of the busiest corridors in Virginia and to add capacity to a key evacuation route.  Improved mobility will be made possible through the addition of new, managed, lanes, built mostly in the median of the existing I-64. These lanes will be high-occupancy toll lanes with variable fees that adjust in response to travel demands. These lanes will run in each direction from Bowers Hill to nearly one-mile past I-464. The High Rise Bridge crosses the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, a navigable waterway. Constructing the foundations, erecting girders, and placing concrete will be technically challenging. High volume of traffic along the corridor will be also a major concern during roadway construction. Protecting the environment will require constant monitoring and a proactive approach. NXL is providing Independent Quality Assurance and Construction Management services, including detailed record keeping.

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Virginia Department of Transportation


Virginia Department of Transportation


Chesapeake, VA

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