Interstate 664 in Virginia

Interstate 664 in Virginia is the 20.74-mile-long freeway between I-64 in Hampton near the Hampton Coliseum, and the I-64/I-264/I-664 interchange at Bowers Hill in the city of Chesapeake. I-664 passes through the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk and Chesapeake, and it includes the 4.6-mile-long Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel.

The terrain I-664 crosses is a flat coastal plain as it passes through the cities of the Peninsula and South Hampton Roads. I-664 crosses one major transportation barrier as it crosses Hampton Roads on the MMMBT between the cities of Newport News and Suffolk. I-664 serves as part of a metropolitan beltway and as a cross-harbor freeway that serves these cities and downtown Newport News. I-664 serves the Newport News Marine Terminal and Newport News Shipbuilding. I-664 and I-64 form the Hampton Roads Beltway, a 56-mile-long loop that connects all the Hampton Roads cities. The Hampton Roads metropolitan area has 1.6 million population.

Route openings. The I-64/I-664 interchange and 1.2 miles of I-664 in Hampton was completed and opened on June 25, 1981. The next 2.6 miles between that first section and Roanoke Avenue in Newport News opened in Dec. 1983. The next 1.1 miles between that second section and 35th Street in Newport News opened in Sept. 1987. The next 0.3 miles between 35th Street and 26th Street in Newport News opened in Jan. 1988. The 1.1 miles between 26th Street and Terminal Avenue near the Small Boat Harbor in Newport News opened in Jan. 1991. The 7.1-mile-long section from US-13/US-58/US-460 at Bowers Hill to VA-135 was opened in January 1992, and the 6.2-mile-long section final section across Hampton Roads, which included the 4.6-mile Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT), was opened on April 30, 1992. The 1.1 mile of US-13/US-58/US-460 was upgraded to a freeway in the Bowers Hill area of Chesapeake and it connects I-664 to I-64 and I-264, and it was completed in 1982, and it was signed as part of I-664 when I-664 was completed in April 1992. The high-speed directional interchange that connects I-664 to I-64 and I-264 was built in 1969 as part of the terminal I-64/I-264 interchange, and the ramps connecting I-664 to I-64 and I-264 were widened from 1 lane to 2 lanes in 1993.

Traffic volumes on I-664 are moderate with plenty of room for growth. VDOT 1997 traffic volume data follows. Figures are published rounded to the nearest 100. Between I-64 in Hampton to Aberdeen Road, I-664 carries 62,000 annual average daily traffic (AADT). Between Aberdeen Road and Chestnut Street/Roanoke Avenue, I-664 carries 50,000 AADT. Between Chestnut Street/Roanoke Avenue and Terminal Avenue in Newport News, I-664 carries 38,000 AADT. The MMMBT carries 38,000 AADT, as does I-664 between the MMMBT and US-17 in Suffolk. Between US-17 and I-64/I-264, traffic varies from 49,000 to 63,000 AADT. All these sections carry about 8% large trucks. The latest figure from VDOT for the MMMBT shows 44,040 AADT for 1999.

Number of lanes. In 2000, I-664 in Virginia has 6 lanes for 5 miles from I-64 in Hampton to 35th Street in Newport News, and 4 lanes for next 15 miles to US-58 in Chesapeake, and 8 lanes for the 1 mile from US-58 to I-64/I-264.

Major Interstate widening projects on I-664: None.

I have much more detailed information about I-664 on my articles below:

For more information and photos, see my web pages Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (I-664) and Interstate 664 History and Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and Bridge-Tunnel Facilities in Virginia and Hampton Roads Area Interstates and Freeways and Hampton Roads Crossing Study. See Kurumi's Kurumi: 3-digit Interstates from I-64 for I-664 in Virginia.

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By Scott M. Kozel, Roads to the Future

(Created 5-31-2000, updated 12-21-2003)