Under Construction: 13th Street SE Improvements

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The purpose of this project is to improve the traffic flow and connectivity along 13th Street SE from Tazewell Avenue to Norfolk Avenue. The project is located in a residential neighborhood just east of downtown Roanoke. 

The project will reconstruct approximately 0.2-mile of 13th Street SE as an improved, two-lane roadway with 10.5-foot-wide travel lanes. The intersection at 13th Street and Wise Avenue will be reconfigured to include a roundabout for improved traffic flow. In addition, a new section of roadway will be built to extend 13th Street beyond its intersection with Wise Avenue to connect to Norfolk Avenue.



The project also includes constructing a raised median on 13
th Street that will consolidate access points along the roadway and better separate pedestrians from traffic at designated crossings.

Five-foot-wide bike lanes and sidewalks will be added along both directions of 13th Street for the entire length of the project. Crosswalks will be added for pedestrian access at intersections throughout the project. Curb and gutter will also be installed for a majority of the project.

Starting November 3, a long-term traffic change will be put into place that will remain throughout most of the project. Southbound 13th Street traffic will be detoured using Norfolk Avenue onto 12th Street to Tazewell Avenue. Signs will be posted to designate the detour route. Northbound 13th Street will remain open to traffic.

Work on the project is expected to be completed in summer 2023.

Benefits 

The benefit of this project is to improve the traffic flow and connectivity along 13th Street SE from Tazewell Avenue to Norfolk Avenue. 

Major Milestones 

Right of way occurred from 2011 to 2014.  

The construction cost is $5.8 million.  

Resources

Contact Info:

Todd Repass
540-381-7195

Tyler Crouse, P.E.
540-795-9075

Project Photos

Phase: Construction

Lat/Long: 37.274761, -79.924063

Locality: Roanoke

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Page last modified: Dec. 13, 2021