Drivers frustrated with potholes in Hampton Roads

Posted at 11:11 PM, Apr 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-30 23:11:12-04

Ask area drivers about the roads, and most of them will tell you it's a bumpy ride.

“The road itself looks like it needs a lot of repair. A lot of little potholes,” says Dottie Patton who has lived here for more than 40 years.

At least once a week, she has to drive down I-264 to go to church.

“It's gotten really bad in comparison to what it used to be,” says Patton.

Potholes are constantly being patched when they pop up, but it's not a permanent solution.

Those temporary patches are coming up making things rough for drivers.

Not everyone is seeing this during their commute.

That's because of some ongoing concrete pavement replacement projects.

Last year, VDOT was finally able to get the money needed to make permanent repairs and the work has been ongoing in certain areas.

Work on I-264 between Broad Creek Bridge and Claiborne Avenue in Norfolk started last year. The westbound lanes were finished Sunday and now work will begin eastbound.

There's also work taking place in three phases on I-64 from the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel to Greenbrier Parkway and even Dottie should have a smoother ride soon in Virginia Beach.

A VDOT spokesperson says work on I-264 from Witchduck to Lynnhaven should start at least by this summer; that will give them a few months to complete the work before the cooler weather starts to set back in.

There are also plans in place for a second project extending from Lynnhaven to Parks Avenue on I-264 to replace crumbling patches.

The work on all of these projects is being done overnight.