Military Highway Continuous Flow Intersection
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Late July 2018
Corman Construction-E.V. Williams JV in association with Parsons Transportation Group
VDOT Public Affairs
Construction of the new Military Highway Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI) will combine the addition of new lanes, new signals and new traffic management technology to increase capacity and reduce congestion along this important corridor in Norfolk.
The project will increase through-traffic capacity at Military Highway and Northampton Boulevard in Norfolk with a high-capacity intersection design.
Left-turning vehicles will be moved away from the main intersection into dedicated turn lanes, eliminating conflicts with opposing traffic.
The project also includes:
• The widening of Military Highway from a four-lane roadway to an eight-lane divided roadway from Lowery Road to Broad Creek.
• The widening of Military Highway from a four-lane roadway to a six-lane divided roadway from Broad Creek to Robin Hood Road.
• Widening Northampton Boulevard and Princess Anne Road from four-lane divided roadways to six-lane divided roadways.
The I-64 East exit ramp (Exit 281A) to Military Highway will be closed Monday, Feb 19 – Friday, Feb 23 from 8 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning. Motorists should follow posted detour signs to access Military Highway using Exit 281B.
Temporary Detours on Military Highway near Elizabeth Avenue
Contractor crews will install temporary barrier walls in the median of Military Highway near Elizabeth Avenue on Tuesday, February 20. This will require a new traffic pattern for southbound Military Highway traffic wishing to access Elizabeth Avenue, and vice versa. A detour will be in place for approximately four to five weeks until the barrier walls are removed.
What will change while the median barrier is in place:
- Southbound traffic on Military Highway will not be able to turn left onto Elizabeth Avenue.
- Westbound traffic on Elizabeth Avenue will not be able to turn left onto southbound Military Highway.
What will not change while the median barrier is in place:
- Elizabeth Avenue will remain accessible from northbound Military Highway.
- Westbound Elizabeth Avenue traffic will still be able to turn right onto northbound Military Highway.
Detours for motorists traveling south on Military Highway will direct traffic to use Northampton Boulevard and USAA Drive. Detours for motorists traveling west on Elizabeth Avenue will direct traffic to use USAA Drive and Northampton Boulevard.
Click here for detour map and more information.
Beginning Sunday night, November 5: The entrance to Cowand Avenue from Princess Anne Road will close to through traffic for a minimum of two months, until Phase 3 is completed. Residents should follow posted detour signs to access Cowand Avenue using Kilmer Lane.
Beginning Wednesday, January 30: The entrance to Military Highway from Cornick Road will close to through traffic for 4-6 weeks. Residents should follow posted detour signs to access Cornick Road from Kempsville Road.
Alternating single-lane closures will be from Feb 1 – 28 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. - 5 a.m. the following morning. One lane will remain open at all times on:
- Military Highway between Valley Drive and Lynn Street.
- Princess Anne Road between Sigmon Street and Military Highway.
- Northampton Boulevard between Military Highway and past USAA Drive.
- Robin Hood Road between Military Highway and Miller Store Road.
What is a Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI)?
A CFI is an at-grade, high-capacity intersection design that moves left turning vehicles away from the main intersection.
Vehicles turning left will cross over through traffic and funnel into dedicated turn lanes at a signalized location several hundred feet upstream of the main intersection.
These left turning vehicles can then proceed through the main intersection at the same time as opposing through vehicles without conflict at the main intersection.
Eliminating the dedicated left turn phase improves the efficiency of the main intersection.
Intersection safety is increased by minimizing stop-and-go conditions and reducing the number of conflict points at the main intersection.
Federal studies show crash rates are reduced by almost 25 percent at intersections where a CFI has been installed.
The Virginia Department of Transportation, the city of Norfolk and the Corman-E.V. Williams joint venture are committed to work zone safety.
Paying close attention and avoiding distractions are key to avoiding a work zone accident.
These tips will help you safety navigate this project area:
• Follow signs: Keep an eye out for workers and signs directing you.
• Don’t tailgate: Unexpected stops may occur.
• Minimize distractions: Avoid using cell phones or adjusting radio stations.
• Don’t speed: Enhanced fines may be levied for speeding.
• Know before you go: Stay updated on project activities by calling 511 for up-to-the-minute traffic and weather information, or by visiting www.511Virginia.org.
To receive project updates, email Shelby Frank.
Noise Analysis Report
Final Noise Abatement Design Report (June 2016)
Sep 10, 2014, Design Public Hearing
Jan 8, 2014, Citizen Information Meeting
Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI)
Military Highway Traffic with Continuous Flow Intersection