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Middle Ground Boulevard Project

Newport News

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Begin Date
Summer 2012

Est Completion Date
Winter 2015

$40 million

American Infrastructure

Newport News

Hampton Roads

VDOT Communications, Hampton Roads District

About the Project

This design-build project calls for a new four-lane roadway that connects Jefferson Avenue to Warwick Boulevard by way of Middle Ground Boulevard.  

The new roadway will cross over the CSX Railroad, offering an additional east-west route to help relieve congestion at the existing intersections and parallel routes of J. Clyde Morris Boulevard and Oyster Point Road. 

Improvements also include:
• Installation of traffic signals
• A sidewalk along the south side of the roadway
• A shared-use path along the north side of the roadway
• Enhanced landscaping and street lights

The city of Newport News passed a resolution requesting VDOT establish this extension project.  The project is included in the VDOT Six-Year Improvement Plan and the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization 2030 Long-Range Transportation Plan, as well as the city of Newport News Comprehensive Plan. 


Project Update

An important next step in the project is the installation of the new force main sewer. This work will involve shutting down the aging existing force main and placing a temporary bypass line while the new permanent line is constructed.  To complete this work, Maxwell Lane at the intersection of Warwick Boulevard remains closed. Anticipated completion of this work and the project is anticipated in early winter 2015, weather conditions permitting.  

The force main between Fishing Point Drive and Jefferson Avenue and the force main crossing Warwick Boulevard has been completed. The final line tie-in work is all that remains to be done on the pipe installation. 

Permanent signalization at the intersection of Middle Ground Boulevard and Warwick Boulevard has been installed and will soon be activated. The right entrance and right exit lanes at the Maxwell Lane and Warwick Boulevard intersection have also been completed. 

Final work on the project includes paving and landscaping. 

Citizens are encouraged to call 757-207-0510 to speak with a project representative for questions or concerns. To receive regular project email updates, please write to and include "add me to your contact list" in the subject line. 

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Traffic Alerts

During the installation of the new force main sewer, a thorough detour plan has been developed to minimize traffic impacts. Electronic message boards and detour signs are in place to alert motorists of the pending closure and detour route. This signage will remain throughout the term of the closure. The project team will monitor the closure and detour routes throughout the closure period and make any adjustments as necessary.

Pedestrian access will be maintained on the east side of Warwick Boulevard, and will be accessible from Maxwell Lane for the duration of the road closure.

Traffic will continue to be impacted through the construction zone in the coming weeks as follows: 

  • Ongoing lane closures and traffic shifts on Warwick Boulevard to allow for paving operations and sidewalk work. 
  • Daytime lane closures along Jefferson Avenue to complete final cleanup work and allow for the HRSD line tie-ins.
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