I-264E Exit 15a (Newtown Road South) Closed 11/4 – 11/6, 2017

Road closure details:

  • Rescheduled from last weekend
  • 4 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday | November 4-6
  • Exit 15a from I-264 Eastbound will be closed
  • Motorists will need to use Exit 15b (Newtown Road North) and Center Drive as a detour

Detour:

If you live in Norfolk, Chesapeake, western Virginia Beach, Moyock, or Suffolk, and use I-264 East, please plan extra time to arrive for worship or your LIFEgroup this Sunday. Motorists that normally use Exit 15a to Newtown Road South will need to use Exit 15b this Sunday. Once on Newtown road northbound, make the next left onto Center Drive to reach Kempsville Road.

There are no closures on Kempsville Road this weekend.

Reason for the closure:

The weekend closure of Exit 15A will allow crews to complete temporary pavement work at the ramp so traffic can be shifted slightly to the left as it exits the interstate. This new traffic pattern will be in place upon completion of the weekend closure of Exit 15A. After the traffic shift on the exit ramp, motorists will continue to have the same access to Newtown and Greenwich roads as they do currently. More background on the project is at www.i64i264improvements.org.

 

First Norfolk Map 2017 EXIT 15A closure_Artboard 3 - 15A DETOUR

Thanks to Dave Forster with VDOT for details on this closure.

Kempsville Road Southbound Lane Closures 7/21-7/24 2017

Road closure details:

  • 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday | July 21-24
  • Southbound Kempsville Road will be completely closed from the stoplight at Center Drive to Blackstone Street.
  • Northbound Kempsville Road will be reduced to one lane (the right lane) from Blackstone Street to Center Drive.

Detour:

Southbound traffic on Kempsville Road will be detoured to a left on Center Drive to a right on Newtown Road to a right on Kempsville Road. Map on next page.

First Baptist will continue to have access via the northbound lanes of Kempsville Road. The exact location of where the two northbound lanes will be reduced to one lane has yet to be determined. It will be after the first entrance, but setback requirements for the lane closure may force the taper to begin at or near the second entrance at Blackstone Road. The third entrance/exit will remain accessible via the one lane of northbound Kempsville Road.

Reason for the closures:

VDOT’s construction contractor for the 64/264 Interchange Improvements Project will be drilling three shafts in the median of Kempsville Road for pier foundations to support the new bridge over Kempsville Road. This new bridge will be the new collector-distributor road on I-264 east. More background on the project is at www.i64i264improvements.org.

Workers will be drilling the shafts, installing rebar and pouring concrete. They plan to do two shafts the first weekend (July 7-10) and one shaft the second weekend (July 21-24). Afterward, you will see rebar sticking out from the shafts. The contractor will return at a later date (yet to be scheduled) to pour concrete for the columns and cap them, and eventually set the beams for the new bridge. All that additional work means there will be future impacts to Kempsville Road. We will let you know as soon as those dates are scheduled.

What You Need to Know

1. The sidewalk along the northbound lanes of Kempsville Road will remain open

2. The west annex parking (across the street) is accessible via Blackstone Street only.

3. Pedestrian traffic will be able to cross Kempsville Road except in the work area.

4. All 3 entrance/exits to the church campus are usable.

5. There will not be construction traffic on the church campus.

6. An extra shuttle will run each of these weekends from the 3 parking areas served by the shuttles: Cross Roads Center, HRT/Tide, and Fortis College at the Interstate Commerce Center on Center Drive. See map below for these locations.

7. Allow extra time to get into the building.

8. All scheduled church activities will take place.

If you have any questions, please comment below.

First Norfolk Map 2017 inset with closure

First Norfolk Map 2017 master with google map
Detour dates above have been updated to 7/7-7/10 and 7/21-24

Thanks to Dave Forster with VDOT for details on this closure.

VDOT continuance hearing today

The hearing for a continuance with VDOT was moved from Friday, June 30, to Thursday, July 6.  It will be held at 2:00 PM at the Norfolk Circuit Courthouse, Courtroom 4B (Judge Jerrauld Jones). We would like for as many of our members as possible to attend the hearing to demonstrate support of First Baptist Norfolk’s opposition to the motion for continuance.

If you are able attend, here are some basic guidelines:

  • Have your photo ID (driver’s license) with you, but do not bring other items into the courthouse.
    Leave phones, laptops, food, drinks, bags, etc. behind as they are not permitted through security.
  • Please be in Courtroom 4B (Judge Jerrauld Jones) in the Norfolk Circuit Courthouse by 1:00 PM.
  • The Norfolk Circuit Courthouse is located at 150 St. Paul’s Boulevard. Parking is available for the courthouse at the Commercial Place Garage (520 E Main Street, Norfolk) and the Dominion Tower Parking Garage (999 Waterside Drive, Norfolk).
  • The church will be renting two buses, departing from the church at 12:30 PM. Seating on these buses is first come, first served.
  • You are also welcome to park at the church and ride The Tide to the Civic Plaza Station.

Lane Closures Scheduled for this Weekend are Cancelled

We found out today that the planned Southbound Kempsville Road lane closure has been cancelled for this weekend. The plan is to conduct the planned July 7-10 closure so that the contractor can bore shafts for pier foundations to support the forthcoming roadway.

The original post about the closures can be found here.

Vacation Bible school begins Monday. There is still time to register and invite! More information and registration link can be found here: www.firstnorfolk.org/vbs.

 

Kempsville Road Southbound Lane Closures 6/23-6/26 2017

Road closure details:

  • 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday | June 23-26 and July 7-10
  • Southbound Kempsville Road will be completely closed from the stoplight at Center Drive to Blackstone Street.
  • Northbound Kempsville Road will be reduced to one lane (the right lane) from Blackstone Street to Center Drive.

Detour:

Southbound traffic on Kempsville Road will be detoured to a left on Center Drive to a right on Newtown Road to a right on Kempsville Road. Map on next page.

First Baptist will continue to have access via the northbound lanes of Kempsville Road. The exact location of where the two northbound lanes will be reduced to one lane has yet to be determined. It will be after the first entrance, but setback requirements for the lane closure may force the taper to begin at or near the second entrance at Blackstone Road. The third entrance/exit will remain accessible via the one lane of northbound Kempsville Road.

Reason for the closures:

VDOT’s construction contractor for the 64/264 Interchange Improvements Project will be drilling three shafts in the median of Kempsville Road for pier foundations to support the new bridge over Kempsville Road. This new bridge will be the new collector-distributor road on I-264 east. More background on the project is at www.i64i264improvements.org.

Workers will be drilling the shafts, installing rebar and pouring concrete. They plan to do two shafts the first weekend (June 23-26) and one shaft the second weekend (July 7-10). Afterward, you will see rebar sticking out from the shafts. The contractor will return at a later date (yet to be scheduled) to pour concrete for the columns and cap them, and eventually set the beams for the new bridge. All that additional work means there will be future impacts to Kempsville Road. We will let you know as soon as those dates are scheduled.

What You Need to Know

1. The sidewalk along the northbound lanes of Kempsville Road will remain open

2. The west annex parking (across the street) is accessible via Blackstone Street only.

3. Pedestrian traffic will be able to cross Kempsville Road except in the work area.

4. All 3 entrance/exits to the church campus are usable.

5. There will not be construction traffic on the church campus.

6. An extra shuttle will run each of these weekends from the 3 parking areas served by the shuttles: Cross Roads Center, HRT/Tide, and Fortis College at the Interstate Commerce Center on Center Drive. See map below for these locations.

7. Allow extra time to get into the building.

8. All scheduled church activities will take place.

If you have any questions, please comment below.

First Norfolk Map 2017 inset with closureFirst Norfolk Map 2017 master with google map

Thanks to Dave Forster with VDOT for details on this closure.

Campus Catalyst Meeting August 28

As another busy summer becomes more behind us than before us, it’s time for all kinds of “back to__________” occasions. We have our next Campus Catalyst meeting on August 28 at 5 pm in the Worship Center. We will talk about where we are, where we are going, and seek the heart of God for how He wants us to respond to the opportunity of the Interstate construction project.

The picture above was taken August 24, 2016 and shows progress of the installation of the new cooling tower. This project has been going on for about 6 weeks and should finish within the next 2 months. The disruption of the parking lot in this area is a preview of things to come when the interstate construction begins.

Our guest parking was relocated because we lost the convenient entrance to the area. This move of guest parking to the Southeast portion of the property is under review for a possible permanent relocation.

Continue to pray that God would have favor on our church and for us to hear how He wants us to respond in the days ahead.