Interstate 264 in Virginia is an east-west freeway parallel to U.S. 58 between Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Originally planned as a freeway through downtown Norfolk, most of the freeway was complete by 1970 with the exception of the Downtown Tunnel. The Elizabeth River crossing between the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth opened as a two lane crossing in 1952. In 1988, a second bore was constructed to bring the crossing up to four lanes. At this time tolls on the facility saw removal. Like the nearby Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, 90% of the costs for the second Downtown Tunnel were generated by FHWA Interstate funds.1
Virginia-Beach Norfolk Expressway
Opened as a four lane facility in 1967, the Virginia-Beach Norfolk assembly totaled 12 miles. In the 1980s the facility saw expansion to encompass six and eight lane segments near Interstate 64 to the west. By 1995 the toll revenue bonds were completely paid and tolls removed. During July of 1999, the Virginia 44 designation officially became part of Interstate 264.1 Interstate 264 concludes as 21st and 22nd Streets near the Virginia Beach oceanfront and U.S. 60.
The extension of Interstate 264 from Interstate 64 east to Parks Avenue in Virginia Beach via Virginia 44 was approved by AASHTO on November 14, 1997.
Westbound Interstate 264 at Exit 2 (Greenwood Drive), approaching Junction Interstate 64 and Interstate 664. Photo taken 01/01.
Westbound Interstate 264 approaching Junction Interstate 64 and Interstate 664. Note that traffic for eastbound U.S. 58 and U.S. 460 should follow the same lanes as traffic for northbound Interstate 664. Photo taken 01/01.
Westbound Interstate 264 at Junction Interstate 64 and Interstate 664. This marks the western terminus of Interstate 264. Photo taken 01/01.
Interstate 264 westbound at Interstate 64 and Interstate 664. Notice that Interstate 64 gets no directional banner, as it is signed Inner/Outer on the southern half of the beltway system. End signage is present on both ramps. Vidcap taken 01/01.
END West Interstate 264 - transition to Interstate 664 north assembly. Photo taken 12/27/00.
Perspective from Interstate 64 Inner
Interstate 264 and 664 overheads on Interstate 64 (east) Inner approaching the terminus for all three highways. Photo taken by Tony Payne (4/00).
Interstate 64 (east) Inner at Interstate 264/664 sign bridge. Photo taken 03/01.
Eastern Terminus - U.S. 58 - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Perspective from Interstate 264 east
Interstate 264 widens to form 21st and 22nd Streets near the eastern terminus. This new end advisory sign was installed during 2002, and is part of a standard convention of the Tidewater area Interstate highway system. Photo taken by Jonathan Lebowitz (08/02).
Speed limits decrease to 35 mph as Interstate 264/Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway draws to a close. The Virginia Beach Information Center and one of the many attractions are situated nearby. Photo taken by Jonathan Lebowitz (08/02).
End Interstate 264 shield, posted within the median of the east and westbound travel lanes. Traffic continuing eastbound transitions to 21st Street. Photo taken by Jonathan Lebowitz (08/02).
END Interstate 264 shield at the transition to 22nd Avenue. This stoplight marks the eastern terminus of Interstate 264 and of the former toll road. Notice that the Virginia 44 shield (shown in the 1999 photo below) has been removed. Photo taken 03/01.
Wintertime view of the end Interstate 264 shield. Not much has changed in the intervening two years between this and the above photograph besides the traffic lights. Photo taken by Adam Froehlig (02/23/03).
END signage for the eastern end of Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach. This portion of the freeway used to be a toll road, Virginia 44. Interstate 264 was extended in 1999. The Virginia 44 shield was removed by January 2001. Photo taken by Adam Froehlig (11/99).
Perspective from Atlantic Avenue north
Westbound U.S. 60, which is also northbound Atlantic Avenue, in Virginia Beach at the east end of 22nd Avenue. The freeway does not begin immediately to the left, however. One must drive several blocks west to reach the freeway. Photo taken 03/01.
Close-up of Interstate 264 Virginia Shield on westbound U.S. 60, which is also northbound Atlantic Avenue, in Virginia Beach at the east end of 22nd Avenue. Photo taken 03/01.
Perspective from Interstate 264 west
Beginning of Interstate 264 westbound as seen from 22nd Avenue. This is several blocks west of U.S. 60/Atlantic Avenue and eight miles from the junction with Interstate 64 at Norfolk. Photo taken 03/01.