Mayor Sessoms to Cut the Ribbon on New Shore Drive Bike Lane

Friday, March 23, 2012

Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. will speak at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Shore Drive Bike Lane on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at 10 a.m.  The event will be held at the Trails Entrance to First Landing State Park, 2500 Shore Drive.

The Mayor will also be presented a $10,000 check from the Virginia Bicycling Federation. This funding will support a bicycling safety education and awareness campaign.

More information on the campaign can be found at: www.vbgov.com/twowaystreet

The project is part of the City’s Bikeways and Trails Plan that was adopted by City Council in April 2011.  The City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works Department are sponsoring the event.

Construction work began on November 17, 2011, with shoulder improvements on Shore Drive from Kendall Street to 83rd Street, approximately 3 ½ miles.  These improvements also included trimming trees along the shoulder widening which included stone base and base asphalt.

The second phase that began in January was milling and paving operations eastbound on Shore Drive from Kendall Street to the Fort Story entrance (4500 linear feet).  The final phase was installing final surface asphalt on the shoulder widening from the Fort Story entrance approximately 14,000 feet to 83rd Street.  Other improvements included installing rumble strips, topsoil and seeding, and new thermoplastic pavement markings.

A number of bicycling groups from Hampton Roads will also be participating in the event.   

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