- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A regional transportation board in Virginia’s Tidewater region has recommended expanding the congestion-plagued Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.

Media outlets report that if the recommendation is followed by a state transportation board in December, the span will grow from four lanes to six. The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization voted unanimously Thursday to support the plan.

The bridge carries Interstate 64 across Hampton Roads harbor, near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, between Norfolk and Hampton. During tourist season, 100,000 vehicles a day drive across it.

The expansion is the cheapest and smallest of four proposals under consideration. The $4 billion project would be completed by 2024.

The new lanes would likely charge tolls unless a vehicle carries three people or more during peak hours. The existing lanes will remain free.

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