Middle Ground Boulevard Project
Project at a Glance
About the Project
This design-build project calls for a new four-lane roadway that connects Jefferson Avenue to Warwick Boulevard by way of Middle Ground Boulevard.
The new roadway will cross over the CSX Railroad, offering an additional east-west route to help relieve congestion at the existing intersections and parallel routes of J. Clyde Morris Boulevard and Oyster Point Road.
Improvements also include:
• Installation of traffic signals
• A sidewalk along the south side of the roadway
• A shared-use path along the north side of the roadway
• Enhanced landscaping and street lights
The city of Newport News passed a resolution requesting VDOT establish this extension project. The project is included in the VDOT Six-Year Improvement Plan and the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization 2030 Long-Range Transportation Plan, as well as the city of Newport News Comprehensive Plan.
Crews recently completed placement of all concrete girders for the new bridge over the CSX railroad tracks. New water and storm sewer lines have been placed on Middle Ground Boulevard between Fishing Point Drive and Jefferson Avenue, as the existing eastbound lanes are reconstructed. Other work includes upgrades to the water line work on Warwick Boulevard. On Jefferson Avenue, crews completed subgrading and stone-base placement and have begun placing curb and gutter onto the new, wider Jefferson Avenue northbound turn lane between Loftis Boulevard and the existing Middle Ground Boulevard. Pump construction has begun on the western side of the project--the foundation has been prepared and concrete will be placed soon.
Citizens are encouraged to call 757-207-0510 to speak with a project representative for questions or concerns. To receive regular project email updates, please write to email@example.com and include "add me to your contact list" in the subject line.
Effective Monday, Jan. 6, Spring Road access to the United Jewish Community Center (UJC) will be permanently closed to traffic. Motorists will enter and exit the community center via Nettles Drive and the newly-constructed Middle Ground Boulevard. Signs and message boards will be in place to direct traffic.
A new traffic pattern will be in effect beginning Friday, Nov. 1. Crews will shift traffic onto the newly-constructed north side of Middle Ground Boulevard between Fishing Point Drive and Jefferson Avenue. The traffic shift will allow for construction to start on the south side of the roadway for the project. One lane in each direction will be open to traffic. This traffic pattern is expected to remain in effect through spring 2014.