New Traffic Pattern on I-64 East at HRBT as early as Jan 28

After exiting the tunnel, traffic will shift to temporary bridge

NORFOLK, VA. – The HRBT Expansion Project reaches a crucial marine milestone with the completion of a temporary bridge, allowing construction to begin on a new, permanent structure. Motorists traveling on I-64 East (towards Norfolk) should anticipate a shift in traffic at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel as early as Jan. 28. Both lanes of traffic on I-64 East will shift to the left onto a temporary marine bridge upon exiting the tunnel.

This temporary bridge will allow crews to demolish a portion of the existing bridge to build the new permanent structure in its place. When construction on the new permanent bridge is complete, traffic will shift onto the new bridge, and the temporary bridge will be removed.

The temporary bridge is constructed with steel piles as part of the foundation. Steel piles are well suited for heavy traffic loads, while also making it easier for crews to remove the temporary bridge once traffic is shifted to the permanent bridge. With the new future bridge connecting to the South Island at the same point as the current bridge, bridge construction must be completed in phases to accommodate VDOT’s commitment to maintaining two lanes of travel during peak hours. Safety is our top priority.

It is important that all drivers are patient, obey posted speed limits and drive distraction-free. Please pay attention to the digital message signs for important messages.

The HRBT Expansion Project will expand travel lanes across the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel while increasing safety, easing congestion and improving emergency evacuation readiness. The project will double capacity on I-64 in the cities of Hampton and Norfolk, with the addition of twin two-lane bored tunnels, new marine trestle bridges and bridge and interstate widening. Over 100,000 vehicles cross the HRBT each day during peak season, and the HRBT Expansion Project is an integral part of keeping the region and Virginia moving.  

Please check the project website’s Traffic Alerts page for updates at HRBTexpansion.org.

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Tree Adoption – 2023 Jam’n Jamz

Help us expand the city’s tree canopy! Adopt a fruit or nut tree during the annual Jam’n Jamz.

📆 Saturday, Jan. 28

⏰ 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

📍 Lafayette Park

Be prepared for extreme cold

With below-freezing temps heading our way, the Department of Utilities shares these tips to help prevent frozen pipes:

  • Wrap exposed pipes with insulating material.
  • Locate your inside water shut-off valve, if your home has one, and tag it so it’s clearly identifiable. If a frozen pipe bursts, you’ll want to use this valve to stop the water flow and have a plumber make repairs.
  • If your house has a crawl space, cover outside vents to prevent winter winds from freezing pipes.
  • Keep the garage door closed. Some water pipes are located under concrete garage floors.
  • Drip it. Keep water moving with a small trickle.

Have a water or sewer emergency? Contact Utilities’ 24-hour live operator line: 757-823-1000.

If you’re using a space heater, Norfolk Fire-Rescue reminds you to:

  • keep them at least three feet away from flammable objects;
  • never leave them unattended;
  • always unplug when not in use.

We’re also expecting potentially high winds. Be sure to secure loose outdoor items, latch doors and windows, and stay inside, if possible, as the wind chill could dip below zero.

Aquatic Facilities Adjusted Hours

The City of Norfolk’s aquatics facilities are operating under adjusted hours. The following changes are in effect:

The Northside Indoor Swimming Pool will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The Huntersville Community Center Pool will be open Wednesday and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Both pools will be closed daily from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Southside Aquatics Center is temporarily closed for necessary maintenance and safety repairs. Hours and dates of operation have been expanded at the Northside and Huntersville pools to reaccommodate classes or open swim availability needs of regular patrons.

Please share the attached flyer with the adjusted hours and daily schedules for the Northside and Huntersville pools with your civic leagues.

You can contact the Parks & Recreation Department at parksrec@norfolk.gov or 757-823-4291 for details on events or courses that may be adjusted as a result of these changes.

Police Chief Search – Public Forum & Comment Opportunity

Morris & McDaniel Management Consultants, the firm selected to assist in the national search for Norfolk’s next Chief of Police, will offer an in-person public forum for residents to provide their input on Tuesday, October 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center located on the campus of Norfolk State University.

Residents who are unable to attend the forum, but would still like to provide comment, may do so online at www.norfolk.gov/PoliceChief or through drop boxes located at all Norfolk Public Library branches through Monday, October 31.

Tuesday, October 18 (6 – 8 p.m.)
L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center
700 Park Avenue, Norfolk VA 23504
On-campus parking is free

Citizen input will be valuable during the selection process.

The search process is expected to continue over the next couple of months.

Special Waste Collection Event

Keep Norfolk Beautiful is hosting a free Special Waste Collection Event on Saturday, November 5 (9am – 12noon) at Southside STEM Academy (1106 Campostella Road).

Accepted collection items include:

  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Electronics
  • Plastic bags and clear film

There will also be:

  • On-site, secure shredding
  • Tree Giveaway

For more information on acceptable items, visit www.norfolk.gov/knb.

* This event is for Norfolk residents only. Proof of residency is required.

Walk to School Day 2022

Let’s encourage our neighbors to participate in this year’s Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 12!
Share the attached flyer to promote the day and ensure everyone stays safe.

Northside Park General Improvements Survey

Please complete this online survey link if you are interested in commenting on general improvements to Northside Park.  The concept below is preliminary and will be modified based on the results of community input.  The survey will end on November 14th. City staff are hoping to have various in-person outreach sessions as well.

At 62.26 acres in size, Northside Park is considered a Regional Park that serves a community radius of approximately 3 miles.  This project addresses the Recreation Master Plan vision to refresh parks and refresh athletic fields.  General improvements to Northside Park will include upgrades to existing facilities such as playgrounds, roads and walks, ball fields, fencing, shelters, grills, benches, and other amenities.

Fall Fest – October 30th

Join your Wards Corner Civic League neighbors for our fun fall festival. Please RSVP at link below for each child who will need a pumpkin to paint so that we can ensure we have enough.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wards-corner-civic-league-fall-fest-tickets-420962469077

BYOC- Bring your own chair and prepare for a great time!

Norfolk Community Survey

The city is launching a community satisfaction survey this month to gather resident feedback on City programs, services and quality of life. The survey is administered by ETC Institute, one of the nation’s leading firms in the field of local government research, via mail and online.

The goal of the survey is to analyze satisfaction and priority ratings from residents to guide the actions and decisions of City leadership.

Residents randomly selected to participate in this survey will receive an invitation and instructional letter in the mail along with the survey and a postage prepaid envelope to return the completed survey. The letter will also include a link to complete the survey online, if preferred. Residents who receive the survey are asked to take the time to answer every question. This input will influence decisions made about the future of the City of Norfolk.

ETC Institute will monitor the distribution of the sample to ensure it reasonably reflects the demographic composition of the City with regard to age, geographic dispersion, gender, ethnicity and other factors.

All survey data is compiled and analyzed by ETC Institute through the end of year. They will present findings to City leadership at the start of 2023. All individual responses to the survey are kept by ETC Institute to ensure confidentiality.

Any resident who did not receive an invitation to participate in the survey, but would like to share their opinions, will be able to do so online or pick up a paper survey after October 24. Additional notification will be provided later this fall, including the online link and locations of paper surveys. The information collected through this process will also be aggregated by ETC Institute as well as reviewed and considered by the City.

For additional information, visit www.norfolk.gov/communitysurvey.