Interstate 464 is a mostly six lane north-south urban connector linking Interstate 64 and Virginia 168 in Chesapeake with Interstate 264 and the Downtown Tunnel at Berkley in Norfolk. Interstate 464 connects directly to the Virginia 168 Chesapeake Expressway, which comprises a limited access facility southward to the North Carolina State Line for travelers headed to the Outer Banks.
Interstate 464 opened between Interstate 64 and U.S. 13 (Military Highway) in May 1967. The freeway was extended north from Military Highway to Virginia 337 (Poindexter Street) in July 1987.1
The northernmost portion of Interstate 464 was opened to northbound traffic as part of the Berkley interchange project along Interstate 264 in Norfolk. Work along I-264 doubled capacity at the adjacent Downtown Tunnel to the west while expanding the new interchange with I-464. A ceremony preceded the reopening of the 1952 tunnel, which was previously renovated for a year, on December 20, 1988.2
Work along the Berkeley Bridge, the movable span linking Chesapeake with Downtown Norfolk via Interstate 264, continued to May 24, 1990. Opening at that time was the second span for eastbound traffic, which serves departing traffic from Interstate 464 north. The $41-million project also focused on refurbishing the original 1952-bridge, which was switched to westbound traffic for I-264.3 The westbound Berkley Bridge closed for a year starting on October 19, 1990.3 It reopened on June 27, 1991.4
Tieing into the south end of Interstate 464 is the Oak Grove Connector, a limited access link between the Hampton Roads Beltway and the Great Bridge Bypass. Designated as Virginia 168, the $38-million Oak Grove Connector was opened northbound in May 1999 and southbound after a ribbon cutting ceremony held on July 22, 1999. Planned since the 1960s, construction on the connector commenced in August 1997.5
Further south, the 10.2-mile tolled Chesapeake Expressway extends the high speed route of VA 168 to North Carolina. Costing $116-million and built by the Public Private Transportation Act, construction on the limited access road broke ground on July 12, 1999.6 The expressway opened following a ceremony held on the morning of May 23, 2001.