Roads

​​​​Most people drive to get around Virginia Beach. Roads are a huge part of the city’s transportation network. There are other options – buses, biking, walking and (perhaps in the future) light rail. But for now, roads are how most of us get around.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Every year, Virginia Beach spends millions of dollars building and improving roads. Some are state-funded, but most are built with local money. Over the next six years, Virginia Beach will spend $286 million on 50 road projects. 

View the city’s complete six-year Capital Improvement Program.

We’ve highlighted six major projects below and provided links to many others.

 ​Holland Rd – Phase VI

Construction barrelsThis project – a VDOT-administered project – began in November 2014. It's a four-lane divided highway on a 100-foot-wide right-of-way from Dam Neck Road to Nimmo Parkway – about 2.6 miles. It will include sidewalks, aesthetic treatments, street lighting, landscaping and relocating overhead utilities.  

​In 2003, this road carried 17,000 vehicles a day.  The projected volume for 2018 is 36,000 vehicles a day.  

 Pacific Ave Improvements

This project was first identified in the Resort Strategic Action Plan​ adopted by the City Council in 2008. Over the next four years, the project gained momentum through the Economic Development and Strategic Growth Area departments. It was fully funded in 2013.

The project is being constructed during three off seasons -- October through April. During the summers, the road and sidewalks will be completely open to traffic.  

The project is from 17th Street to just north of 22nd Street. Overhead utilities will be placed underground. Lines for water, sanitary sewers and gas will be replaced. The storm system will be improved and the signal at 19th Street will be replaced. New sidewalks and street lighting will be installed. The northbound and southbound lanes will be completely reconstructed.

 Lesner Bridge Replacement

bridge pieceThe Lesner Bridge is nearing the end of its useful life. The structure is currently rated as poor. Without this project, the bridge would have to be posted for weight limits. The current roadway capacity is 27,300 vehicles a day, but it is used by 42,000 vehicles a day, and is projected to increase to 50,000 vehicles a day by 2026.  

The project began in June 2014. It will replace the existing bridge with one that can handle six lanes of traffic in the future. The replacement structure will be striped for two lanes of traffic in each direction, with 10-foot outside shoulders and a 10-foot multiuse path each way. It will provide a minimum 45-foot vertical clearance and 150-foot minimum horizontal clearance at the navigation channel span.  

This project also includes upgrades to intersections at East Stratford Road and Vista Circle, with aesthetic upgrades.  

This project is on the city's Master Transportation Plan and the region's Long Range Transportation Plan. It is also identified on the Shore Drive Transportation Study and has been endorsed by the Shore Drive Advisory Committee.  ​

 Lynnhaven Pkwy – Phase XI

Excavator along roadThis project – a VDOT​-administered project – includes reconstructing the existing roadway to provide a four-lane divided highway from Indian River Road to Centerville Turnpike for 1.67 miles.

Construction began in January 2014. Once completed, it will have an 8-foot bikeway and a 5-foot sidewalk, and overhead utilities will be relocated, some underground.

The project will complete Lynnhaven Parkway from Virginia Beach Boulevard to the Chesapeake city line, and will provide direct access to the northern section of the city for residents in the southwest section. Without this project, adjacent roads will continue to be heavily congested. By 2026, traffic volume is forecast to be 28,000 vehicles a day.  ​

 Indian River Rd/Kempsville Rd

This project will reconstruct the Indian River Road/Kempsville Road intersection to increase capacity and improve safety and traffic flow. The design combines two innovative approaches: indirect left turns to the north and south on Kempsville Road (also known as a continuous flow intersection) and median U-turn lefts to the east and west of the intersection on Indian River Road.   

This intersection currently accommodates about 94,500 vehicles a day. It is rated at Service Level F – the worst possible rating. By 2030, it is expected to average 132,000 vehicles each weekday.  

 Witchduck Rd – Phase II

This project will provide a six-lane divided roadway from Interstate 264 to Virginia Beach Boulevard, about half a mile.

The project will include improvements and modifications to Pennsylvania Avenue, Mac Street, Southern Boulevard, Cleveland Street and Admiral Wright Road at Denn Lane.  Improvements also will include eight-foot sidewalks and eight-foot brick pavers, with overhead utilities moved underground.  

​This will improve traffic capacity, where current volumes are about 53,300 vehicles a day. They are expected to reach 64,000 vehicles a day by 2034.  ​