Williamsburg asks General Assembly to add more lanes to I-64

Posted at 7:44 PM, Oct 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-31 06:14:40-04

"Girl, it's horrible. Horrible! You just want to go up to Virginia Beach or a sporting event, and you're never sure if you're going to get there on time."

There's no question Maxanne Taverniti is all for the City of Williamsburg's request to the General Assembly. The city is asking to continue widening I-64 past Williamsburg, all the way to Richmond.

"Transportation is important in this area also for tourism. This is Williamsburg, and we want tourists to come and have a wonderful experience... and sometimes it's not fun sitting in that traffic," she said.

That's exactly what Williamsburg's deputy city manager told NewsChannel 3. They want more lanes not only for the locals, but to make driving to and from the city easier for tourists.

In their 2015 legislative agenda, they're asking the general assembly to make it a top priority. That's something another Williamsburg local, Lawanna Atkins, also wants.

"Take it there take it to Washington I don't care where you take it just take it it needs to be fixed! And it's needed it for always, forever!"

Next year, V-DOT will make 64 into three lanes starting at Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. The three lanes will end in Toano.

As of now, V-DOT says they don' thave any funding to build third lanes that connect Williamsburg to Richmond.

That answer doesn't satisfy Taverniti and those who drive 64 every day

"I've lived here for 30 years and I understand progress is important but I also understand that you gotta get to work and you gotta do the things that need to get done," she said.