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Interstate 264
Auxiliary route of the Interstate Highway System
Length: 25.07 mi[1][2] (40.35 km)
Formed: 1960
West end: I-64 / I-664 in Chesapeake
Major
junctions:
US 17 in Portsmouth
I-464 in Norfolk
I-64 in Norfolk
East end: Parks Avenue, 21st Street & 22nd Street to US 60.svg US 60 in Virginia Beach
Virginia Routes
< SR 263 SR 267 >
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Interstate 264 (abbreviated I-264) is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. It runs from a junction with Interstate 64 and Interstate 664 (Hampton Roads Beltway) near Bowers Hill in Chesapeake east into Portsmouth and through the Downtown Tunnel under the South Branch of the Elizabeth River into Norfolk. At the Interstate 464 interchange in the Berkley section of Norfolk, I-264 turns north, crossing the East Branch into downtown Norfolk on the Berkley Bridge, one of a small number of drawbridges on the Interstate Highway System. I-264 then heads east through Norfolk, crossing Interstate 64 at the east side of the Hampton Roads Beltway, and into Virginia Beach, where it ends at Parks Avenue just short of the Atlantic Ocean. From this point, 21st and 22nd streets continue as a one-way pair with no route designation to U.S. Route 60 (Pacific Avenue).

The original section of I-264, designated in the late 1950s, lies between the two I-64 junctions. The piece east to the Virginia Beach waterfront was built as the Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway (a toll road until 1995), and carried State Route 44 until I-264 was extended over it in 1999.

When I-64 was augmented in the 1990s with reversible HOV lanes, I-264 towards Virginia Beach (then SR 44) was designated as the eastern terminus of the reversible lanes and one of the few direct exits from/entrances to the HOV lanes.

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Virginia Beach Expressway

The Virginia Beach Expressway (also known as the Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway) was a 12-mile (19.3 km) limited access highway built to Interstate Highway standards extending between the independent cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Until 1999, it was signed as State Route 44.

Built and funded with toll revenue bonds, it opened on December 1, 1967 as SR 44. The Expressway ran from an interchange with Interstate 64 and Interstate 264 in Norfolk almost due east to the oceanfront area of Virginia Beach. The original road had 4 lanes (2 each way). It was widened to six lanes in the 1980s, and to eight lanes in the early 1990s.

While tolls existed, there were two toll rates, depending on whether or not you passed the main toll barrier between Rosemont Road and Independence Boulevard on your trip. If you exited before the main barrier or entered beyond it, you would need to pass a small row of automated, ungated toll collectors where you are supposed to pay the reduced toll. Attempting to drive past without paying would result in an alarm bell ringing. Police were instructed to stop motorists who attempted this if they saw it.

Vehicle Type Main Toll Barrier Exit Before/
Enter After Barrier
Cars & and other
two-axle vehicles
$0.25 $0.10
Other Vehicles $0.25 + $0.10/axle over two $0.05/axle

On June 1, 1995, the bonds were retired, and tolls and toll booths were removed in 1996. In July 1999, the former Virginia Beach Expressway was renumbered to I-264, effectively creating an eastward continuation of the original I-264, which ran through the downtown areas of Portsmouth and Norfolk and ended at I-64 (where the Expressway began). This is now the point where I-264 intersects and crosses the I-64 portion of the Hampton Roads Beltway near Military Circle in Norfolk.

Exit list

The entire route is within independent cities.

City # Destinations Notes
Old
Chesapeake I-664 / US 13 / US 58 / US 460Bowers Hill, Suffolk, Newport News Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
I-64Chesapeake, Virginia Beach Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Portsmouth 2 Greenwood Drive Signed as exits 2A (east) and 2B (west)
3 Victory Boulevard (SR 239)
4 SR 337 (Portsmouth Boulevard)
5 US 17 (Frederick Boulevard) – Midtown Tunnel
6 Des Moines Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
7 SR 141 (Effingham Street) / Crawford Street – Downtown Portsmouth, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Norfolk Naval Shipyard Signed as exits 7A (south) and 7B (north) eastbound
Downtown Tunnel under the Elizabeth River
Norfolk
8 I-464 south / Berkley Avenue – Chesapeake
Berkley Bridge over the Elizabeth River
9 Waterside Drive, St. Paul's Boulevard
10 Tidewater Drive - Harbor Park Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
10 City Hall Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
11A US 460 west / SR 166 west / SR 168 south (Campostella Road) / Claiborne Avenue No westbound entrance; signed as exit 11 eastbound
11B US 460 east / SR 166 east / SR 168 north (Brambleton Avenue) Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
12 Ballantine Boulevard
13 US 13 (Military Highway) Signed as exits 13A (south) and 13B (north)
14 I-64Chesapeake, Suffolk, Richmond Signed as exits 14A (east) and 14B (west)
1 15 Newtown Road (SR 403) Signed as exits 15A (south) and 15B (north) eastbound
Virginia Beach
2 16 Witchduck Road (SR 190)
3 17 Independence Boulevard (SR 225 north) - Princess Anne, Pembroke area Signed as exits 17A (south) and 17B (north); former SR 410 south
4 18 Rosemont Road - Princess Anne Plaza Former SR 411
5 19 Lynnhaven Parkway Signed as exits 19A (south) and 19B (north); former SR 414
6 20 US 58 east (Laskin Road) / Virginia Beach Boulevard Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
7 21 First Colonial Road - Oceana NAS Signed as exits 21A (south) and 21B (north) eastbound; former SR 408
8 22 Birdneck Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Parks Avenue At-grade

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