Construction begins on Laskin Road Bridge Replacement & Widening project

Laskin Road eastbound headed towards the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, feeder lanes shown on right. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of VDOT)
Laskin Road eastbound headed towards the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, feeder lanes shown on right. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of VDOT)

VIRGINIA BEACH — VDOT is beginning construction on the Laskin Road (Route 58) Bridge Replacement & Widening Project here.

Contractor Allan Myers received notice to proceed with construction activities, including placement of signs and utility work, on Sept. 3. Motorists will begin seeing traffic signs near the project limits: Red Robin Road on the eastern end and Republic Road on the western end, VDOT officials said.

The contractor is expected to concentrate early project activities on and near the Linkhorn Bay Bridge before moving west towards the Hilltop Shopping Center.

The $83.2 million construction contract was awarded to Allan Myers in May. Construction is expected to be complete by spring 2023, officials said.

The project is designed to improve safety and traffic capacity by removing feeder lanes, which route traffic parallel to the main lanes of Laskin Road and provide access to businesses within the project limits, officials said in a news release.

The project will widen the current road from four lanes to eight lanes at its widest portion. It includes improvements to the Laskin Road/First Colonial Road intersection through construction of a 6-lane divided highway on First Colonial Road from Laurel Lane to Interstate 264.

The project will also provide storm water drainage and utility improvements.

Those interested in the Laskin Road Bridge Replacement & Widening Project  can sign up for project updates and traffic alerts via e-mail. The subscription form can be accessed from the project web page.

At a glance:

  • Contractor: Allan Myers
  • Construction contract value: $83.2 million
  • Ad date: January 2019
  • Award date: May 2019
  • Construction start date: Sept. 3, 2019
  • Estimated completion date: Spring 2023

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.