Historically on any given Holiday Weekend in Virginia Beach larger crowds and an increase in the volume of traffic will occur. Most often you will see this during spring break, Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July and Labor Day.
The Virginia Beach Police Department, in coordination with the Virginia Beach Emergency Management has determined that it is likely that between April 25, 2014 and April 27, 2014 that major entry access points into the resort area will either be closed or limited to inbound traffic. This is likely to occur during the evening hours. This option is necessary to reduce the number of cars throughout the area.
For public safety reasons the traffic diversion and street closures will be limited to specific streets and times. It is likely that all traffic east bound on I 264 will be redirected west bound on Friday (4-25-14) and Saturday (4-26-14) nights depending on the level of traffic. During this traffic diversion, vehicles will not be able to exit I 264 (West) until they reach Lynnhaven Parkway. Also, during this diversion, vehicles will be able to enter the area only via north bound General Booth Blvd., east bound Virginia Beach Blvd, east bound Laskin Road or south bound Shore Drive. The traffic diversion/street closures will also affect most of Atlantic Ave vehicle traffic.
The public is encouraged to make necessary arrangements to ensure that employees, guests or other visitors are aware of these traffic changes. Officers will be on station to monitor traffic and in some limited circumstances; reasonable access may be permitted under urgent circumstances. It is also recommended that those who wish to visit the resort area make scheduling plans to arrive early. Officers will be on station to assist outbound traffic to leave as quickly as possible but visitors should expect delays in leaving the area.
The public’s safety is a top priority for city officials. This notice is being sent proactively to advise the public that “if” the volume of traffic in the resort area exceeds capacity and causes a public safety issue, whereby emergency vehicles cannot move quickly and safely respond to calls for service, then they will have to temporarily divert eastbound traffic at the end of I264 and redirect them back westbound on I264 until traffic is reduced to a safe level. People will still be able to access and leave the Oceanfront via;
General Booth Blvd.,
Laskin Road and
Virginia Beach Blvd.