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Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion will take an extra 18 months to finish

The expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel broke ground in 2020. Now, officials say it won’t wrap up until 2027. (Courtesy of VDOT)
The expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel broke ground in 2020. Now, officials say it won’t wrap up until 2027. (Courtesy of VDOT)


That’s when the Virginia Department of Transportation says the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion project will now be completed.

The new end date is part of a renegotiated deal VDOT reached with the construction company tasked with the project, the agency announced Thursday.

Officials have been meeting with the construction company on the project since 2022, when Hampton Roads Connector Partners told VDOT it “encountered unforeseen cost and schedule impacts since signing the contract in 2019,” according to a news release.

The costs of building materials rose sharply during the  Coronavirus pandemic, though costs are expected to stabilize this year.

The $3.9 billion effort broke ground in 2020 and was originally planned to be done by the end of 2025. VDOT says it's the largest highway construction project in the state’s history.

Last summer, the company asked for nearly a billion more dollars and 600 more days to finish the build. At the same time, VDOT officials said the project was halfway done.

In addition to a later completion date, the new deal will have VDOT pay if certain construction elements cost more than they were bid at. The contractor will give the state a credit if work costs less than originally planned.

Hampton Roads Connector Partners can still get a $90 million early-completion bonus if it can reach substantiation completion — meaning the road and tunnels are ready to open to cars — by September 2026. 

The new agreement says the project has to be substantially complete by February 2027 with final completion of all outstanding work or lingering issues by August 2027.

Ryan is WHRO’s business and growth reporter. He joined the newsroom in 2021 after eight years at local newspapers, the Daily Press and Virginian-Pilot. Ryan is a Chesapeake native and still tries to hold his breath every time he drives through the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.

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