HRBT west #34 on America's Highways from Hell 2012

HRBT west #34 on America's Highways from Hell 2012

HRBT west #34 on America's Highways from Hell 2012

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Posted on May 31, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 2:07 PM

NORFOLK -- The I-64 West corridor to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel is #34 on Newsweek magazine's Highways from Hell 2012 list .

They're talking about what many drivers here already know - plan to spend extra time in the car during rush hours.

The Newsweek article says the 6.4 mile corridor from Rt. 168/Tidewater Drive in Norfolk to the tunnel is at its worst between 4:00 p.m and 5:00 p.m. Fridays, delaying drivers about 15 minutes.  It also says motorists lose about 4 minutes during normal rush hours.

The HRBT is the straightest shot from the Peninsula to Southside and the best known route for vacationers.

The Va. Dept. of Transportation says you're three times more likely to get caught in congestion at the HRBT in the summer, when the average weekend delay lasts more than two hours.

So, VDOT is trying to make the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel more appealing to drivers. It began a public awareness campaign last week to encourage visitors to use the I-664 alternate route. The campaign includes billboards on I-64 in Newport News, Hampton and Route 168 in Chesapeake, radio and television spots, Facebook ads, cross branding with tourism websites, and tourism magazine placement.

The M&M between Suffolk and Newport News turned 20 in April.

Where's the worst commute? According to the article, it's in Los Angeles - the Harbor Freeway/CA-100 Northbound. To see the complete list, click here.

 

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