Provide Your Input on Granby Street Bike Lane Design Concepts

Do you walk, drive, or bike along Granby Street between Willow Wood Drive and Admiral Taussig Boulevard (just south of the I-564 overpass)? If so, we need to hear from you and your neighbors – again!

The Department of Transit is hosting a second Granby Street Bike Lane virtual workshop on June 29, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., to get your input as we work to develop a potential project that would repurpose one vehicle lane in each direction into bike lanes along this portion of Granby Street.

During the workshop, learn about the traffic study results and provide your comments on potential design concepts in small group break-out sessions with the project team.

RSVP to save your seat and receive a link to the virtual workshop: https://bit.ly/3wWiJAr.

Visit www.norfolk.gov/granbybike for project information and to share your ideas.

Don’t forget to pass this information along to your members and neighbors.

Microsurfacing in Sussex

Starting next week, June 24th, microsurfacing of streets will begin in Sussex. The following mailer was sent to residents in advance.

City outdoor pools will not open this summer

The city is currently not planning to open any outdoor pools this summer, including the outdoor pool at the Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center located in Wards Corner. The city manager has stated that there is a lifeguard shortage and there will not be sufficient staffing to open outdoor pools. Indoor pools and beaches are set to remain open and staffed by city lifeguards.

Are you 16 or older and looking for summer or part-time employment? Consider applying for a lifeguard position with the City of Norfolk. The city is looking for lifeguards for Norfolk beaches and indoor pools. Interviews are held weekly.

Go online to apply

HRBT Expansion Project Achieves Key Milestone as the Tunnel Boring Machine is Completed

NORFOLK, VA – The HRBT Expansion Project reached another milestone as Mary, the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), achieved completion of the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) Friday, May 21. The project’s design-build contractor, Hampton Roads Connector Partners (HRCP), hired Herrenknecht to manufacture the TBM in Germany. The FAT was the final stage of the manufacturing process, which allows for a comprehensive review and testing of the TBM’s capabilities at the manufacturer’s site prior to delivery and commissioning.

The FAT was conducted in order to demonstrate that all systems function as designed and to address any adjustments needed while the machine is still at the factory before the TBM is shipped to its final destination at HRBT. The FAT is a rigorous process that took place over several weeks as engineers from HRCP, examined and tested every component of Mary.

“Completing the Factory Acceptance Test means that Mary the TBM is one step closer to starting excavation on VDOT’s first ever bored tunnels. The new twin tunnels are the centerpiece of the HRBT Expansion Project,” said James Utterback, Project Director for the HRBT Expansion Project.

With the FAT completed, HRCP has verified hundreds of hydraulic, electrical, mechanical, and safety features of the TBM, which is 430-feet long and 46-feet in diameter. Mary will now be disassembled for shipment to the South Island of the HRBT. She is expected to arrive later this fall. After re-assembly and final testing, Mary will begin boring in mid-2022.

“The successful completion of the Factory Acceptance Test marks an important milestone in the design-build phase of the HRBT Expansion Project and we are very proud of the work accomplished by Herrenknecht and the HRCP JV Team to get us to this point. Preparations are now underway on the South Island to receive Mary the TBM later this year and we look forward to putting her to work in mid-2022 as she begins boring the first of two new tunnels connecting the South Island and the North Island of the HRBT,” said Juan Miguel Perez, Project Executive for HRCP.

The TBM cutter head paint design is a creative representation of the Hampton Roads flag and the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) logo. The blue represents the maritime aspects of the region, while the green signifies the land-based agriculture and industry. There are 14 stars on the front of the TBM, representing each of the HRTAC member cities and counties.“The HRBT project shows how VDOT and HRTAC work together to achieve a greater vision for Hampton Roads. The TBM cutter head paint design reflects the unprecedented regional cooperation that made funding possible for the HRBT Expansion Project through HRTAC,” said Kevin Page, Executive Director of HRTAC. 

Mary was selected as the winning name for the TBM in February 2021 when St. Gregory the Great Catholic School was announced as the winning contest entry in honor of Mary Winston Jackson. Known for being the first African American female engineer at NASA and a native of Hampton, Virginia, the TBM proudly bears her name.

The HRBT Expansion Project will widen I-64 from near Settlers Landing Road in Hampton to the I-564 Interchange in Norfolk. The project includes the addition of twin two-lane bored tunnels, new marine trestle bridges, and bridge and roadway widening along 10 miles of I-64. For more information, visit the project website at hrbtexpansion.org.

ABOVE: HRBT Expansion Project – “Mary” The TBM, Drone Flyover Video

NPL Summer Reading Program

Let’s defeat Summer Slump together with Norfolk Public Library. Join our Summer Reading Program for reading fun! Your readers will have the opportunity to earn cool badges and prizes by logging their reading minutes from June 26, 2021 – August 7, 2021. This year, our theme is “Tails and Tales”.

Logging minutes has been made simple with the help of Beanstack. For desktop access, visit https://norfolk.beanstack.org/reader365. For mobile devices, visit your device’s app store to download the free Beanstack app. Once downloaded, search for “Norfolk Public Library (VA)” to access the site and register.

Please share the attached flier with your parents and students. We appreciate all you do in helping us create a City of Readers.

Norfolk Police Department Community Survey 2021

From Larry D. Boone, Chief of Police:

On behalf of the entire Norfolk Police Department and as a key part of our continuing efforts to build community trust, I would appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete this survey regarding police services, your safety, and crime in the City of Norfolk. The results will be used not only to build public trust, but to direct the department’s operational strategies as we strive to provide the most responsive, effective, and professional services possible. Please indicate the responses that best represent your opinion and provide any other information as appropriate. Your participation is voluntary and each question is optional. Again, thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valuable input.

https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/77/Issue_10694/survey_responses/new

Parks and Recreation Survey

From Betty Hermann, board president of the Friends of the Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center (NFWC) and our Wards Corner neighbor:

I have a survey from the City of Norfolk I thought you might be interested in. The survey would greatly help our efforts to establish a future for NFWC if we can get more community feedback. Please take time to give them your thoughts.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NorfolkRPOS?fbclid=IwAR2Py9rdgXxhpmTwLllFj8PfAPdnP7jwu9ykPszIAaqjMTdo-5oxqVJir94

Early Voting Now Open

From the Office of Elections:

The deadline to register to vote for the June 8, 2021 Primary Election is Monday, May 17, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. for in-person and 11:59 p.m. online.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail for the June 8, 2021 Primary Election is 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 28th. Due to USPS mail service delivery we recommend requesting an absentee ballot by mail earlier to allow adequate time for delivery and return.

Witness signature for absentee ballots by mail is waived for the June Primary Elections by Court Order.

Absentee voting for the June 8, 2021 Primary Elections will be held at Norfolk City Hall, 1st Floor, beginning April 23rd. Voters may park in the Union Street parking lot behind City Hall. Please use the Union Street entrance (front of the building). Absentee voting will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to our regular office hours, we will be open on Saturday, May 29th and June 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for in person absentee voting. The deadline to vote absentee in person is 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 5th.

Absentee ballots may be returned via USPS, approved delivery courier service (such as DHL, Federal Express, or UPS), or in person. A ballot drop box is available during absentee voting hours and dates listed above at 810 Union Street, First Floor, City Hall. In addition, drop boxes will be available at all polling places on Election Day, June 8th, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Granby Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project Update

We’re roughly six months into the Granby Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project during which the bridge is undergoing extensive repairs to extend its useable life. Both the bridge deck and the support structures are being repaired to address current corrosion and deterioration issues as well as improve the bridge’s condition.

Please note that starting on Wednesday, April 21, the southbound bike lane on the Granby Street Bridge will be closed and temporarily converted into a vehicle lane. Also starting that day between 9 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., southbound Granby Street will be reduced temporarily to a single lane of traffic over the bridge until Friday, April 23.

Between Friday, April 23 and Saturday, May 8, the northbound and southbound left lanes on the Granby Street Bridge will be closed. During this time, the right northbound lane and sidewalk on the east side of the bridge will remain closed. Business and residential entrances will be maintained during the lane closures.

Starting on Saturday, May 8 until fall 2021, the entire northbound side of the bridge will be closed to facilitate bridge repairs. The following conditions can be expected until fall 2021:

  • The southbound bike lane on the Granby Street bridge will be temporarily converted into a vehicle lane. The bike lane will be restored at the end of the project in fall 2022.
  • Two lanes of traffic will remain open in the southbound direction on Granby Street.
  • Northbound traffic on Granby Street will be reduced to one lane north of 41st Street until the end of the bridge just south of Willow Wood Drive.
  • The speed limit will remain temporarily reduced to 25 MPH on northbound Granby Street, between 40th Street and Windham Road.
  • The speed limit will remain temporarily reduced to 25 MPH on southbound Granby Street, between South Arden Circle and 41st Street, and on southbound Llewellyn Avenue, between the Granby Street Bridge and 38th Street.
  • The sidewalk on the east side of the bridge will remain closed temporarily. The sidewalk on the west side of the bridge will remain open.
  • The fishing pier will remain closed temporarily.

Full closure of the southbound side of the bridge is anticipated in early 2022. Future updates will be announced on message boards along Granby Street, media alerts, norfolk.gov, Nextdoor and project update emails. To receive project update emails, send a request to olga.beltsar@norfolk.gov. For more information about the project, visit www.norfolk.gov/granbybridge.

Follow-up to Residential Stormwater Meeting

Following up on the residential stormwater meeting held on April 12th, here is a brochure from Matt Simons and some resources that Michelle put together on the information Justin Shafer shared.

Also, here is contact information for city staff that attended:

Michelle has also posted the video recording from the meeting on the city’s Stormwater Home Page if anyone missed it and would like to see the information presented.

Residential Best Management Practices (BMP) Resources

City of Norfolk, Office of Resilience, Retain Your Rain
https://www.norfolk.gov/3700/Retain-Your-Rain

https://www.norfolk.gov/3745/Home-Projects

  • Conservation Landscaping
  • Infiltration
  • Rain Barrels
  • Lawn Management
  • Pervious Pavers
  • Rain Gardens
  • Tree Planting

Bay Star Homes
https://www.norfolk.gov/2806/Bay-Star-Homes

River Star Homes
https://elizabethriver.org/river-star-homes

AskHRgreen
https://askhrgreen.org/

Media Tip sheets (search maintenance):

  • Rain Barrel Maintenance
  • Ditch and Grass Channel Maintenance
  • Infiltration Area Maintenance
  • Permeable Pavement Maintenance
  • Rain Garden Maintenance

Virginia Cooperative Extension
https://resources.ext.vt.edu/

Stormwater Management for Homeowners Fact Sheets (series of 6)
     1 – Rooftop Redirection
     2 – Rain Barrels
     3 – Permeable Pavement
     4 – Grass Swales
     5 – Rain Gardens
     6 – Buffers

Rain Garden Plants

Urban Stormwater Best Management Practices (15-part series)

Chesapeake Stormwater Network
https://chesapeakestormwater.net/training-library/stormwater-bmps/

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
http://www.stormwater.allianceforthebay.org/
Design Your Yard Online – Develop a plan to install a Rain Garden or Conservation Landscape in your yard

Roanoke Stormwater Ideabook for Single Family Homeowners

https://www.roanokeva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/347/Roanoke-Stormwater-Ideabook-for-Single-Family-Homeowners-PDF

Lynnhaven River Now
https://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org

Chesapeake Stormwater Network
Homeowner Guide For a More Bay-Friendly Property (Instructions on how to design and install several BMPs) https://chesapeakestormwater.net/2014/06/residential-stormwater-bmp-workshop/