Stories to Watch in 2021: HRBT Expansion Builds a Bridge to the Future

by Leona Baker

With a price tag of $3.8 billion, it’s the single largest transportation infrastructure project in Virginia history. And, for many folks who have spent countless hours of their commuting lives stuck in traffic at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, it can’t come soon enough.

HRBT expansion-mapOfficials broke ground in October 2020 on the five-year project that will add twin two-lane tunnels adjacent to the existing bridge-tunnel and widen I-64 in both directions. Hampton Roads Connector Partners is the prime contractor for the project.

Drivers should expect to see pilings being driven into the water alongside the bridge first. Later, a tunnel-boring machine will be assembled and set to work excavating the new tunnels. Just like current tunnel traffic, however, don’t anticipate this project getting there in a big hurry. Estimated completion date is November 2025.

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