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I-64 lane reversal to be tested July 21 near Richmond

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Jul 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-15 15:21:44-04

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management will conduct a partial lane reversal exercise on I-64 east between Exit 205 near Richmond and Exit 231 near Williamsburg on July 21 from approximately 4:30 to 7 a.m.

Traffic will be detoured onto U.S. Route 60 east during the exercise. In addition, the New Kent rest area on I-64 east will be closed during the exercise.

No actual westbound traffic will be routed onto the eastbound lanes during the exercise.

There will be no impact to traffic or the rest area on I-64 westbound.

An actual lane reversal of I-64 would involve detouring westbound traffic from the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area onto the reversed eastbound lanes near the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (Exit 272).

The lane reversal would terminate at the I-295 interchange near Richmond (Exit 200).

A reversal can be ordered by the governor to speed the evacuation of the Hampton Roads region in the event of a hurricane or other disaster.