Battlefield Boulevard

Design Innovations Mean Fewer Traffic Battles in Hampton Roads

Chesapeake, VA

Virginia Department of Transportation

$103.4 M

Prime Contractor

Kimley-Horn & Associates

Branch Civil was the prime contractor on a busy section of Interstate 64 in Chesapeake, VA.  The award-winning project improvements resulted in greatly improved traffic flow and safety at the Battlefield Boulevard interchange.   This $100M project in the Hampton Roads region involved the expansion of a portion of I-64 from six lanes to 14 lanes, the construction of four new interstate bridges, and the demolition, replacement, and expansion of the existing Battlefield Boulevard bridge over I-64.

A variety of innovative strategies were developed during the three-year undertaking, and each was crucial to the project’s success.  A braided ramp design, the first of its kind in the region, significantly reduced mishaps by allowing for safer merging on and off of I-64, eliminating weave conditions between the Greenbrier Parkway and Battlefield Boulevard interchanges.

Branch Civil and its partners employed the use of two portable plants which were built on-site in an isolated work zone.  A crushing plant created a recycling facility that allowed pavement to be reused, eliminating landfill waste and reducing diesel fuel use.  A concrete batch plant erected in the middle of the interstate increased safety and reduced disruption by eliminating the need for trucks to enter and exit the work zone.

The Battlefield Boulevard project team and the Virginia Department of Transportation won recognition from the Construction Management Association of America and the American Consulting Engineers Council, along with other awards for public affairs and communication.

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