Bowers Hill Interchange Accidents Are Addressed at Meeting
The Bowers Hill interchange is one of the most congested and dangerous highway intersections in Hampton Roads. This week, Bowers Hill Interchange accidents were addressed in a public meeting intended to receive public input into a new design for a safer intersection.
Bowers Hill is the interchange where major highways meet. Traffic switching between I-664, I-64, I-264, Route 58, Route 460, and Jolliff Road all navigate Bowers Hill interchange. Virginia Department of Transportation states an average of 150,000 vehicles pass through here each day.
Members of the public met with transportation officials at a public meeting at Jolliff Middle School in Chesapeake on Wednesday.
Serious and fatal accidents are a massive problem at the Bowers Hill Interchange. Not only is this is a congested place, but the large number of roads that converge means drivers weave across the traffic or become disorientated about where they are going.
In April, a mother from Portsmouth was killed at the Bowers Hill Interchange. She was with her husband and two daughters on I-264 west near the Bowers Hill interchange when her SUV crashed.
Virginia State Police said the woman lost control, overcorrected and struck a guardrail. The SUV rolled over several times.
Investigators said the mother and her 4-year-old daughter were both ejected from the vehicle during the crash.
Why Are There So Many Bowers Hill Interchange Accidents?
Chesapeake’s Bowers Hill Interchange sees the convergence of traffic traveling from Suffolk with traffic on a north/south axis from Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and Newport News. Drivers have little space to change lanes and the intersection suffers from serious congestion.
VDOT reports increased sideswipe accidents in the area where traffic weaves across the highways between the departure ramps of U.S. 460 and I-264.
Increased rear-end accidents are also reported across the I-64, I-664 study area. These types of accidents are usually associated with traffic congestion.
Why Bowers Hill Interchange Accidents Are Becoming More Frequent
In its Bowers Hill Interchange Improvements Study, VDOT states current and future levels of travel demand exceed the capacity of this outdated intersection. That spells bad news for drivers, passengers, and motorcyclists who are likely to face greater danger at the intersection.
What Options are Proposed in the Bowers Hill Interchange Study?
Three major options are put forward in the study. They are
- Optimizing the balance of the lanes – A third lane would be added to I-664 southbound from Route 58 eastbound and other additional lanes would be added.
- Adding overhead ‘Braided Ramps’ on Route 58 eastbound and westbound which would help separate traffic. Six new bridges would be required.
- A full reconstruction of the Bowers Hill Interchange.
The second and third alternatives would address the problems associated with traffic weaving across the roadway.
An environmental assessment is expected to be published in May 2019. The study process is expected to be completed by January 2020.
Hurt in a Bowers Hill Interchange Accident? Contact a Chesapeake Injury Lawyer
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a client meeting location in Chesapeake and a main office in Norfolk. Every year we win settlements for people who have suffered serious injuries in the City of Chesapeake. The Bowers Hill Interchange is one of the most dangerous places in the city. Please drive carefully at this intersection. Contact us if you or a loved one has been hurt by the actions of another driver at (757) 455-0077.