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Turnpike Road Reconstruction

Portsmouth

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
June 2015

Est Completion Date
May 2018

Cost
$23.4 million

Contractor
Branch Civil, Inc.

Locality
Portsmouth

District
Hampton Roads

Contact
Hampton Roads Communications
757-925-1647

Project Overview

Turnpike Road is an urban minor arterial roadway connecting Frederick Boulevard to downtown Portsmouth and the Elizabeth River Tunnel (ERT) project, previously known as the Midtown Tunnel. When the ERT project permanently closed Harbor Drive in summer 2014, Turnpike Road became a viable route option to connect to I-264 and the Downtown and Midtown tunnels. Current average daily traffic is 13,000, and is expected to rise to 18,800 by 2017. 

The purpose of this project is to increase capacity and improve motorist and pedestrian safety by widening the existing two-lane road to four (11-foot wide) lanes with a 12-foot center median left turn lane, sidewalks and curbs and gutter. The project spans approximately one mile, from west of Frederick Boulevard to Constitutional Avenue in the City of Portsmouth. 

This project will be completed in phases, with segments of Turnpike Road closed during each phase. Signed detours will be in place during construction, which will allow the travelling public to reach their designated locations on Turnpike Road.

Project Benefits

  • Increase vehicular capacity
  • Improve vehicular and pedestrian safety
  • Creation of a connector route from downtown Portsmouth to I-264, the ERT Midtown Tunnel and Rte 164
  • With a reliable Transportation system in place, businesses will be attracted to the area
  • Reduction in traffic congestion which:
    • Reduces gas consumption per vehicle
    • An improvement in our environmental footprint
    • An increase in local and regional productivity, thus increasing economic output which sustains job growth
    • Improving quality of life

 

Project Update

The Turnpike Road Reconstruction Project has been underway since the spring of 2015 and is scheduled for completion in May 2018. The project spans 1 mile and will increase road capacity from one-lane to two-lanes, with a 12-foot center median turn lane.

The Turnpike Road Reconstruction Project has been underway since the spring of 2015 and is scheduled for completion in May 2018. The project spans one mile and will increase road capacity from one-lane to two-lanes with a 12-foot center median turn lane.

Construction is in Phases IV and V. To keep traffic impacts to a minimum, there will be detours in place with signs to re-route traffic. 

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Traffic Shifts, Detours and Extended Closures

  • One northbound lane of Frederick Blvd. through the Turnpike Rd. intersection is scheduled to open November 21. This is traffic travelling from I-264 toward Kroger, Wal-Mart and High Street.
  • Southbound Frederick Blvd. will remain closed before Turnpike. Traveling south from High Street toward I-264, the road is closed at Turnpike Rd.
  • The closure on Turnpike Rd. on the west side of the intersection (in front of CVS) will be reopened.

 

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