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.
Work has steadily progressed on this project since it began in August 2012. The installation of storm water drainage and retention ponds is complete. Construction of the new roadway is underway with the placement of asphalt and curbing between Jefferson Avenue and Nat Turner Boulevard. Other work includes placement of dirt fill between Spring Road and the CSX railroad tracks, and preparing the abutments for the new bridge over the CSX railroad tracks. The force main is nearing completion between Jefferson Avenue and the CSX tracks. Crews have also completed placement of a four-foot wide sidewalk between Jefferson Avenue and Nat Turner Boulevard.
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.
Beginning Sunday, Nov. 17, crews will transport 22 concrete precast girders to the Middle Ground Boulevard Widening project site.
The girders will be erected to form the new bridge over the CSX railroad tracks. To allow for this work, there will be multiple brief overnight traffic stops of up to 15 minutes at a time on Oyster Point Road starting Sunday, Nov. 17, at 10 p.m., and continuing until approximately 1 a.m. the following morning. The work will continue each night through Friday, Nov. 22, weather conditions permitting.
Also, on Sunday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 22, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Nettles Drive will be closed to through traffic in both directions at Peninsula Memorial Park Cemetery. Variable message boards will be posted to alert motorists of the delays and alternate routes.
Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and are urged to use extreme caution if they must travel in this area.
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.