Virginia International Gateway, Port of Virginia

Portsmouth, VA

Virginia’s substantial waterfront supports not only recreational services, but also extensive heavy industry. Shipping, including container shipping, is a primary waterfront industry in Virginia and an economic engine for the Commonwealth. When APM Terminals North America sought to expand its location in Portsmouth and build the first privately developed U.S. container facility, both it and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) realized that the road and rail network connecting the port to the rest of the country would need to be improved. VDOT and APM Terminals partnered with VHB as design lead to provide design services and move the project forward while balancing infrastructure needs with stewardship of the environment. Services included the location and design of a new diamond interchange on Route 164 and the design of supporting roadways. Our team developed a detailed plan to maintain through-traffic on the existing Route 164 and to maintain access to local businesses, residential areas, and the Coast Guard Base in Hampton Roads. This aggressively timed improvement project was the first solicited design-build roadway project in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Once completed, the Virginia International Gateway enabled direct access to an excellent port location with minimal impacts to the adjacent residential neighborhoods and fragile natural resources.

APM Terminal Roadway (now Virginia International Gateway) was the first solicited Design-Build roadway project in Virginia. APM Terminal Roadway (now Virginia International Gateway) in Portsmouth, Virginia. APM Terminal Roadway (now Virginia International Gateway) in Portsmouth, Virginia allows for direct port access.


  • Virginia Department of Transportation


  • Bridge Design & Engineering

  • Design-Build

  • Drainage Design

  • Highway/Roadway Design & Engineering

  • Pavement Engineering

  • Structures Design & Engineering

  • Transit Signal Systems Design

  • Wayfinding & Signage Design

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