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.
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
Western Terminus - Virginia 337 / Admiral Taussig Boulevard - Norfolk, Virginia
Perspective from Interstate 564 west
One half mile ahead of the I-564 transition to SR 337 (Adimral Taussig Boulevard). Photo taken 12/17/01.
Admiral Tassig Boulevard extends west from I-564 as an at-grade arterial by the entrance to the Naval Station Norfolk commissary SR 337 south along Hampton Boulevard. Photo taken by 01/06/01.
An end Interstate 564 shield was installed during the Summer of 2002. Virginia 337 begins here and leads south to Downtown Norfolk. Photo taken by Adam Froehlig (07/19/02).
Perspective from Virginia 337 (Admiral Taussig Boulevard) east
A begin shield for I-564 was placed along Admiral Taussig Boulevard eastbound in Summer 2002. Photo taken by Adam Froehlig (07/19/02).
Admiral Taussig Boulevard transitions into Interstate 564 at the trumpet interchange with Bainbridge Avenue north and Bellinger Boulevard east into Naval Station Norfolk. Photo taken 01/06/01.
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 64, U.S. 460, Virginia 165 - Norfolk, Virginia
Perspective from Interstate 564 east
One mile west of the exchange with I-64 on Interstat 564 east. These types of end signs are commonplace in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Photo taken by 01/06/01.
The ramp for I-64 west to Hampton and U.S. 460 along Granby Street separates from Interstate 564 one mile ahead of the merge with I-64 east to Virginia Beach. The reversible HOV-2 lanes on Interstate 64 were converted to tolled express lanes on January 10, 2018. Photo taken 12/17/01.
A distributor roadway links I-564 east with both U.S. 460 (Granby Street) at the Wards Corner neighborhood and I-64 leading north to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. Photo taken 12/17/01.
The I-564 eastbound mainline advances to merge with Interstate 64 beyond the off-ramp for Virginia 165 (Little Creek Road). Photo taken 12/17/01.
Interstate 564 concludes at a wye interchange with I-64 between the ramps to Virginia 165 (Little Creek Road). Separate ramps also connect with the tolled I-64 Express Lanes. Photo taken by Adam Froehlig (07/19/02).
Perspective from Interstate 64 west
Interstate 64 curves northwest one mile from SR 168 (Exit 277A) to the left exit for Interstate 564 west to Naval Station Norfolk. Photo taken by 01/06/01.
Succeeding off-ramps depart from I-64 for SR 165 (Little Creek Road), Interstate 564 west and U.S. 460 (Granby Street). U.S. 460 parallels I-64 north from I-564 to the Oceanview neighborhood. Photo taken by 01/06/01.
A flyover carries the tolled I-64 Express lanes above the begin shield for Interstate 564 west. The HO/T lanes conclude just north of this exchange. Photo taken by Adam Froehlig (07/19/02).
Perspective from Interstate 64 east
Exit 276 departs Interstate 64 east for both U.S. 460 (Granby Street) and I-564. U.S. 460 heads south from I-564 to the Riverview Historic District and Downtown Norfolk. Photo taken 12/17/01.