The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) granted a record of decision (ROD) for the environmental study covering the expansion of the bridge-tunnel and the widening of Interstate 64 between Hampton and Norfolk in Virginia. The signature of the document allows Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to proceed with more detailed procurement and design of the project.
In its ROD, the FHWA selected Alternative A as the preferred option to relieve congestion in the I-64/Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel corridor. Alternative A expands I-64 and the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to a six-lanes for the entire stretch from I-664 in Hampton to I-564 in Norfolk. The expansion includes a new bridge-tunnel at the existing HRBT.
The next step in the procurement process is the anticipated release in late 2017 of a request for qualifications (RFQ) to potential proposers who wish to compete for a contract to design and build the project. Details including the final lane configuration and the construction method of the new tunnel, will be determined as design and procurement advances.