Project Description

Portsmouth Blvd and Nansemond Pkwy Roadway Improvements

Submitted by the Mid-Atlantic Region

Construction Cost $14,000,000
Project Location Chesapeake, VA
Project Owner City of Chesapeake/City of Suffolk
Project Designer Kimley-Horn/Clark Nexsen
Contractor Branscome Incorporated
Completion Date January 2019

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Project Description

The Cities of Chesapeake and Suffolk under a cooperative agreement, completed the widening of the Portsmouth Boulevard and Nansemond Parkway (Route 337) projects in the fall of  2018.  The City of Chesapeake entered into agreement with Kimley-Horn and Suffolk entered  into agreement with Clark Nexsen.  The approximate 1.5‐mile project provided not only much  needed capacity and safety improvements for motorists along the corridor, but also provided  improved and safer access for bicyclists and pedestrians along the heavily traveled roadway.   Construction included three bio retention basins and three stormwater management facilities,  drainage systems improvements including a dual box culvert extension, utility relocations,  intersection improvements, traffic signalization, a 10‐foot multiuse path, and landscaping  enhancements. The completed $14 million project allows for direct access to I‐664 in  Chesapeake from Suffolk.

Both Chesapeake and Suffolk came together through regionalism and cooperation with a common goal to provide safe and efficient movement of vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.  A goal that was reached within budget and on schedule through the cooperation of city, state and  federal staff, multiple consultants and a single contractor.    Upon completion of the project, a joint ribbon cutting was held at the project site near the City  line.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, city leaders personally thanked and provided gifts to  the ‘first users’ of the new facility that were momentarily stopped for the ribbon cutting.  City  leaders expressed their appreciation to the motorists not only for their patience during the  ceremony, but their continued patience during construction.

Project Features

  • Capacity and safety improvments
  • Safer access for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • 3 bio retention basins
  • 3 stormwater management facilities
  • Collaboration of 2 cities
  • Detailed environmental document
  • Value Engineering
  • Utilization of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP)
  • Landscape plans
  • Tree box filters
  •  Preservation of a 300 year old oak tree adjacent to roadway