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.

 

Beginnings

“Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” (1 Chronicles 28:20 ESV)

The highway project will  expand the capacity of the I-64 westbound to I-264 eastbound interchange. This interchange is notorious for morning and evening backups on I-64. You can find out more about this project on the VDOT website: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/i-64-i-264_ramp_and_i-264_to_witchduck_road_project.asp

We recognize that the community will benefit from this project and thousands of Hampton Roads residents and visitors will have safer, more efficient travel. This project will have significant long-term impact on our campus, temporary impact on how we interact with our campus, however we believe it will serve as a catalyst for expanding our mission.

First Norfolk has been proactive in anticipation of this project. Two teams have been formed, a Vision Team and a Details Team. The Vision team is studying the long-term implications and developing a 90 day, 1 year and 10 year plan. The Details Team is taking care of how we handle the present and immediate needs to ensure that ministry still happens in an excellent manner. The church has attorneys that are working with the VDOT attorneys on land acquisition and schedules.

Signs of progress are beginning to be seen around the interchange. Survey markers are popping up, utility poles are being relocated and the 7-11 on Newtown Road is now closed. For First Norfolk, initially,  we will see the maintenance building vacated and the cooling tower that services the HVAC system replaced and re-located. Details of this will be presented at a called church conference meeting on June 1, 2016 in the Fellowship Hall at 5:45 pm.

We host Campus Catalyst meetings each month to inform the church, hear concerns from our membership and to pray. Our next meeting is Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm in the Worship Center. At the April meeting significant time was devoted to prayer and Pastor Eric led us to pray for faith, favor, wisdom, unity and mission.

Join us in prayer for these five things and participate in the Campus Catalyst meetings.  God has great things in store for His Church and exciting days are ahead as we Love God, Love Others, Live the Mission and Make Disciples.