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Interstate 264

Introduction

Interstate 264 is an east-west highway, stretching 26 miles through Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

It crosses the Elizabeth River, South Branch, via the Downtown Tunnel and the East Branch via the Berkley Bridge.

I-264 was built in 1968, but didnít include the bridge/tunnel complex or the Route 44 Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway.

The Downtown Tunnel and Berkley Bridge were added as part of I-264 in 1978 after Virginia received federal interstate funding.

The money was used for bridge and tunnel renovations. They included the addition of a parallel two-lane tube and a four-lane bridge, re-decking of the existing bridge and upgrading the interchanges. The project was completed in the early 1990s.

Interesting Facts

The Route 44 Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway was renumbered to I-264 in 1999. The expressway opened in 1967 and later became a continuation of I-264. It was funded and built with revenue bonds.

There was a 25-cent toll on this portion until 1995.

The original road had four lanes. It was widened to six lanes in the 1980s and to eight lanes in the early 1990s.