Norfolk approves $11.3M Granby Street Bridge, pedestrian safety projects

Granby Street Bridge
The Granby Street Bridge Rehabilitation project is added to VDOT’s six year improvement plan (Justin Belichis)

Improvements are coming to Norfolk’s Granby Street Bridge and pedestrian safety citywide.

Norfolk city council unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to receive $10.7 million in state and federal urban allocation funds to help finance the projects at its formal session Tuesday.

The fund requires the city to match two percent of the projects’ grand total, which is $226,000, according to an email from David Ricks, director of public works.

This resolution allows the Virginia Department of Transportation to program the projects into its six-year improvement plan. It joins the list of Norfolk projects like citywide intersection safety improvements, traffic signal timing improvements and more.

The Granby Street Bridge rehabilitation project costs $3.4 million with a city contribution of $70,000. The project aims to add a new concrete deck overlay, bearing repairs and replacement, beam repairs and more. The six-lane bridge was built in 1979 and is on the border of being considered “structurally deficient,” according to an Urban Allocation Project executive summary.

The citywide pedestrian safety improvements project costs $7.8 million with a $150,000 contribution from the city. Locations the project could take action at include Tidewater Drive pedestrian crossing locations at Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach Boulevard, Brambleton Avenue and more, according to the Urban Allocation Project executive summary.

The project aims to study and determine high-priority locations for pedestrian safety based on crash data, consultant studies and prior knowledge, according to the executive summary. Crosswalks, sidewalk improvements, ADA-compliant ramps, signal enhancements, educational programs and more are methods the city could implement to address safety issues.

Before construction begins, the city will coordinate with civic leagues, the bicycle and pedestrian commission, Elizabeth River Trail Committee and nearby businesses.

Next year, the urban allocation funds would be requested to pay for the design and construction of the projects.



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