Major Transportation Improvements

Major Transportation Improvements

Date: 31 Jan 2014
Category: Greater Oyster Point

Middle Ground Boulevard Extension Update

Construction continued this year on one of the most vital roadway expansions to be built in Newport News. VDOT and design-build general contractor American Infrastructure have been diligently working to complete a one-mile extension of Middle Ground Boulevard. This expansion is designed to provide much-needed relief to several main intersections in Newport News. Once completed, the extension will provide another east-west connection of the City’s two main arteries, Jefferson Avenue and Warwick Boulevard. It will also provide a direct connection to the continually expanding Oyster Point Central Business District from Warwick Boulevard’s many residential neighborhoods. At present, the construction is more than half-way completed and is on schedule to be finished in 2014.

Canon Transportation Partnership Opportunity Fund Update

Transportation improvements within the Oyster Point Central Business District continued under the $5 million Canon Virginia Transportation Partnership Opportunity Fund (TPOF) grant. The third intersection improvement project at Diligence Drive and Rock Landing Drive was by far the most construction-intensive. The improvements addressed the frequent congestion at Diligence Drive’s intersection with J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, and consisted of widening Diligence Drive to accommodate additional turn lanes in both directions. These new lanes and improved signalization have had major positive impacts on morning and evening rush-hour traffic at this busy entrance to Oyster Point.

The second phase of roadway improvements along Old Oyster Point Road was completed, providing an extended sidewalk, a traffic signal and a pedestrian crossing signal at Canon Virginia, Inc.’s employee entrance.

With design and wetlands permitting completed for the fifth Canon TPOF Project, Canon Boulevard Sidewalks Phase I, Denbigh Construction Company began the sidewalk project, which will extend from Middle Ground Boulevard to the Old Oyster Point Road intersection. This area of Canon Boulevard does not currently have a sidewalk, and this project is part of a larger City project providing pedestrian and bicycle access all around Oyster Point.

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