New traffic patterns to begin near Richmond International Airport

New traffic patterns to begin near Richmond International Airport
Work will include the full replacement of two bridges on I-64, and elimination of off-ramps (Source: NBC12)

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Department of Transportation says a project near Richmond International Airport is once again back on schedule for the week of Nov. 17.

The new traffic patterns and closures will go into place due to the I-64/Airport Drive bridge replacement and interchange improvement project.

Drivers are urged to use caution when in the work zones and can expect the following changes:

  • New traffic signals will be activated on Airport Drive at the bottom of the newly constructed I-64 spur ramps.
  • The ramp from Airport Drive south to I-64 east will be temporarily closed. A new left turn at the above-mentioned traffic signal will allow for this movement until the ramp reopens.
  • Northbound Airport Drive traffic will be shifted towards southbound lanes to allow for bridge demolition on I-64.
Loops B and D will be removed. New, signalized median crossovers will be constructed on Airport Drive (Source: VDOT)
Loops B and D will be removed. New, signalized median crossovers will be constructed on Airport Drive (Source: VDOT) (Source: VDOT)

As part of the switch to a partial cloverleaf interchange, I-64 east/west traffic will use a new, single Exit 197 in each direction to access Airport Drive.

The following ramps will be permanently closed:

  • The ramp from I-64 east to Airport Drive north (Exit 197B).
  • The ramp from I-64 west to Airport Drive south (Exit 197A).

“The primary purpose of the $35 million project is to replace the I-64 eastbound and westbound bridges over Airport Drive, increase vertical clearance on Airport Drive and perform all necessary approach work to accommodate this vertical increase,” VDOT said in a release.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2022.

VDOT announced on Wednesday that the project had been delayed to December, but later said it will move forward as planned.

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