City Seeks Feedback on Designating Roadway in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, December 02, 2016

​VIRGINIA BEACH – December 5, 2016 – Roadways throughout the country and internationally have been named in honor of the late Nobel Peace Prize recipient and civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Locally, roads in Hampton, Portsmouth and Norfolk have been designated as MLK highways. The City Council is considering designating one of the following roadways in King's honor and is seeking input from Virginia Beach residents.   

Between now and Dec. 30, residents are invited to take the Virtual Town Hall online survey posted at  The survey asks people whether a roadway should be dedicated and if so, which one. It will also accept other suggestions.

Proposed Roadways include:  

  • Virginia Beach Boulevard – Pacific Avenue to Newtown Road
  • South Birdneck Road – I 264 to General Booth Boulevard
  • Independence Boulevard – Virginia Beach Boulevard North to Shore Drive
  • Diamond Springs Road – Newtown Road to Shore Drive  

Map of Proposed Roadways 

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