Kempsville Road will close to southbound traffic under I-264 from 9 p.m. Friday until as late as 5 a.m. Monday the following two weekends (Feb. 16-19 and Feb. 23-26). A third weekend closure (March 2-5) is possible.
A detour (map below) will direct traffic to turn left on Center Drive and right on Newton Road, back to Kempsville Road.
The closures are necessary to install steel girders over Kempsville Road for the I-64/I-264 Interchange Improvements Project.
Northbound traffic on Kempsville Road will also be stopped for up to 20 minutes at a time during the weekend closures. Outside of those stoppages, the inside lane of northbound Kempsville Road will be open to motorists. The lane closures will extend from the signal at Center Drive to approximately Blackstone Street. The sidewalks will not be accessible this weekend for walking between Fortis College and First Baptist Norfolk.
DETAILS FOR SUNDAY
Access to our church entrance will remain open.
The sidewalk to the east of the northbound lanes of traffic will be closed.
The north exit will be closed to traffic because a girder truck will be parking in the North Driveway, closing that exit and the loop around the back of the building.
The handicapped parking next to Kempsville Road will be closed because the north exit is blocked. The prayer garden will serve as handicapped parking for this weekend.
Blackstone Street and the parking lot across Kempsville Road will be accessible.
The access road between the field is open.
The shuttles will run this Sunday between all three offsite parking locations: Fortis College, Cross Roads Center, and HRT (The Tide). Drop-off and pickup will be in the prayer garden. Allow extra time for the shuttle routes this Sunday.
Thanks to Dave Forster from VDOT for keeping us up to date about these changes.
UPDATE: VDOT has informed our church that the southbound Kempsville closure has been moved to weekend of Oct. 6-9. No closure this weekend (Sept. 29-Oct. 1). The closure will impact our Sunday morning traffic. Read more details from VDOT here.
If construction goes well, VDOT said they hope to finish and reopen southbound Kempsville Road before the start of our church services Sunday. However, they told us to prepare for the closure to extend through the entire weekend. If weather or other circumstances force a postponement, VDOT plans to reschedule this construction work for another time.
Road closure details:
7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday | Oct. 6-9
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.
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. Maps shown below.
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.
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. Allow extra time to get into the building.
7. All scheduled church activities will take place.