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Oct. 28, 2009


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HAMPTON ROADS — Today marked the beginning of a new era in regional connectivity with the announcement of several Elizabeth River transportation improvements – the first of which is scheduled to begin this year.

In an event hosted by the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk and Portsmouth, and Virginia Secretary of Transportation, Pierce Homer, leaders shared their encouragement for an integrated transportation network between the three cities and the waterway crossings that connect them.

Representing the three cities were the Honorable Alan P. Krasnoff, Mayor, City of Chesapeake, the Honorable Paul D. Fraim, Mayor, City of Norfolk, and the Honorable Douglas L. Smith, Councilman, City of Portsmouth.

Also addressing the group were the Honorable Harry B. Blevins, Virginia Senate, the Honorable Lionell Spruill, Sr., Virginia House of Delegates and Mary Ridgeway, Assistant Division Administrator with the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

Highlights of the projects include:

Route 13 Gilmerton Bridge Replacement:
This project will replace the 71-year-old bridge which carries South Military Highway (Route 13) over the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River with a six lane, 1900 foot bridge featuring a 250-foot steel truss vertical lift span. The project will begin November 2009 and is expected to be completed by fall 2013.

South Norfolk Jordan Bridge Replacement:
The new South Norfolk Jordan Bridge is privately funded with an expected construction timeline of 18 months.  The fixed span bridge will keep river, vehicular and pedestrian traffic moving at all times and provides non-tunnel emergency access across the Elizabeth River.  Construction will begin as soon as federal permitting is complete.

Downtown/Midtown/MLK Extension:
Better linking the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth is the purpose of this extension project.  The Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA) project includes a new two-lane tunnel that will parallel the existing Midtown Tunnel along with improvements to the existing Midtown and Downtown Tunnels, modifications to the interchange at Brambleton Avenue and Hampton Boulevard in Norfolk, and an MLK extension from London Boulevard to I-264 including a High Street interchange.  VDOT and the Elizabeth River Crossings private partnership have announced their intent to sign an interim agreement which will allow early design and financial modeling to occur.  

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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