Interstate 564 Virginia
Interstate 564 is a short spur from I-64 and U.S. 460 (Granby Street) west to Naval Station Norfolk (NSN) in northern Norfolk. Known as Admiral Taussig Boulevard, the six lane freeway passes through a 680 foot long tunnel below a NSN runway.1 Prior to 2018, interchanges along I-564 were unnumbered.
I-564 Intermodal Connector
The I-564 Intermodal Connector is a 2.82 mile long limited access road extending west from Interstate 564 to the Virginia Port Authority’s North Gate Terminal. The $175.6 million project was constructed from Summer 2015 to Fall 2018. Work included building a wye interchange (Exit 1) along I-564, reconfiguring the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Station (CVIS) for Naval Station Norfolk (NSN) and relocating Gate 6 and Patrol Road at NSN. The roadway diverts heavy truck traffic from Norfolk city streets to port facility.2
Interstate 564 opened in three stages. The initial 0.79 mile stretch linked I-64 with SR 406 (Terminal Boulevard). It opened on June 1, 1971. The subsequent 0.46 miles opened on November 20, 1974, followed by completion of i-564 to SR 337 at Norfolk Navy Base on August 4, 1977.1
I-564 replaced Virginia State Route 170, which formed a multi state route with N.C. 170 south from Norfolk to northeastern North Carolina. West of I-564, Virginia 170 crossed a ferry to Hampton Roads, where it headed west along what is now Interstate 64 to Virginia 30 northwest of Williamsburg.
East End – Norfolk, VA
West End – Norfolk, VA
Mileage – 3.03
Cities – Norfolk
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2017 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-564 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
|Location||Vehicles per day|
|SR 337 to I-564 begin||25,000|
|SR 337 to SR 406||32,000|
|SR 406 to I-64/US 460||63,000|
Source: 2016 VDOT Traffic Volume
Third Hampton Roads Crossing
The Hampton Roads Crossing Study (HRCS) addresses traffic congestion between Norfolk and Hampton along Interstate 64. The study started in 1991 and Candidate Build Alternative 9 included a mid-span spur from the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel (MMMBT / I-664) east to Interstate 564. Estimated to cost $1.2 billion in 2000, the tunnel system for the Norfolk spur outlined three two-lane tubes, with one reserved for HOV and rail transit.3
The Final Enviromental Impact Statement (FEIS) was published in 1999 and 2001, followed by a FHWA Record of Decision (ROD) in 2001. Further studies took place, and in 2003 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) re-evaluated the FEIS, validating the previous decisions. A subsequent Environmental Assessment (EA)/Re-evaluation of the HRCS FEIS was issued by FHWA and VDOT in 2011. The Re-evaluation did not move forward due to fiscal restraints.4
FHWA and VDOT published the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Draft EIS in 2012, which focused on improvements for I-64. Candidate Build Alternatives 1, 2 and 9 from the 2001 FEIS were modified and re-evaluated as Alternative A, B and C respectively. The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) indentified Alternate A is the Preferred Alternative for the HRCS on December 7, 2016. Alternate A redesigns I-64 between I-564 in Norfolk and I-664 in Hampton as a consistent six-lane highway, with a new parallel bridge-tunnel built along the west side of the existing HRBT.4
East End – Norfolk, Virginia
West End / Admiral Taussig Boulevard – Norfolk, Virginia
- Interstate 564 in Virginia. Roads to the Future (Scott Kozel).
- I-564 Intermodal Connector fact sheet. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), project web site.
- Hampton Roads Crossing Study. Roads to the Future (Scott Kozel).
- Hampton Roads Crossing Study – FAQs. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) web site.
Page updated January 29, 2019.