Virginia Beach Trail

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Virginia Beach Trail #VBTrail is a proposed 10'-wide paved asphalt shared-use path within the city-owned right-of-way (formerly the NSRR corridor). This approximately 66-foot wide corridor is 12 miles long and runs from the western city limit line all the way to our oceanfront. The eastern-most 1.5 miles of the trail is already constructed on the north side of Norfolk Avenue between Birdneck Road and Pacific Avenue. The remaining 10.5 miles of the VB Trail has been designed to 15% construction drawings. 

An US Department of Transportation (USDOT) RAISE Grant application has been submitted to request federal funding to design and construct a Phase I of the remaining 10.5 miles of the Virginia Beach Trail. The application is for a 3.2-mile stretch of trail from the western city limit line at Newtown Road heading east across Independence Boulevard and will include a pedestrian fly-over to separate active transportation users from automobile traffic at Independence. The Trail will terminate at Constitution Drive. The project is estimated to cost $15M. 

Watch WAVY-TV coverage: Virginia Beach Trail could be ‘life-changing' when complete

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Phase 1

Phase I of the remaining 10.5 miles of the VB Trail will connect users to the Thalia Creek Greenway for a beautiful walk through the wetlands. 

When the 3.2-miles of Phase I are constructed that only leaves seven miles and two bridge crossings left between Phase I and the already constructed 1.5-mile Norfolk Avenue Trail!


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The VB Trail has been a part of the City Council adopted Virginia Beach Active Transportation Plan since 1981 and has continued to be a priority project. Continuation of the design and construction of the project is pending future funding.

The 12 mile Virginia Beach Trail is the easternmost piece of the greater South Hampton Roads Trail, a proposed regional trail that runs through Suffolk, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Chesapeake.



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