Mazda racing down Shore Drive at ~ 90MPH + flips and crashes in front of Chesapeake House. Driver flees scene.

Happened last night, Monday, about 855pm.

We were going to link to news coverage but there is none. (You can read that sentence again.)

Unbelievably no one was hurt. No idea the condition of the driver for this post.

Driver still not apprehended:

The description was a white male, shaved head wearing a black jacket with writing or a picture on the back.

Photo credit: Ocean Park Facebook Page thread on accident

Photo credit: Ocean Park Facebook Page thread on accident

Photo credit: Ocean Park Facebook Page thread on accident

Photo credit: Ocean Park Facebook Page thread on accident

Photo credit: Ocean Park Facebook Page thread on accident

Photo credit: Ocean Park Facebook Page thread on accident

“Virginia Beach Public Works has announced that crews will begin roadway improvement on Shore Drive beginning Sunday, December 4, 2016. The project will include both the eastbound and westbound lanes on Shore Drive from Independence Boulevard to Greenwell Road.”

From an email update:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT:
December 2, 2016 Drew Lankford, (757) 385-8062
(757) 409-4353
dlankfor@vbgov.com

Roadway Improvements for Shore Drive to Begin Sunday Night

Virginia Beach Public Works has announced that crews will begin roadway improvement on Shore Drive beginning Sunday, December 4, 2016.

The project will include both the eastbound and westbound lanes on Shore Drive from Independence Boulevard to Greenwell Road.

Crews will be milling, paving, and pavement marking from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. each day.

If any day time work is needed, the hours will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Any weekend work – if needed – will be from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The work is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2016.

The project and the milling and paving operation is likely to produce traffic delays, congestion and some construction noise. Advanced warning signs will be clearly posted advising motorists of lane closures.

Citizens are urged to use alternate traffic routes when possible.

All scheduled work is weather permitting.

For additional information, please contact Oneil Clarke at (757) 385-2015

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News Release: www.VBgov.com/PublicWorks

#LESNERBRIDGE traffic news for this week from Project Manager

Email December 5th 2016:

Folks:

With all of the new lane closures coming up, we wanted to provide another update so everyone will know what is going on out there . . . traffic-wise . . . throughout the week.

Feel free to let Chris or me know if you have any questions or need more information.

As a reminder, we are regularly updating information on our WEB page at: http://www.vbgov.com/lesner-bridge. You can also follow us on Twitter at: @lesnerbridge.

Thanks again.

Drew Lankford
Media and Communications
Department of Public Works
City of Virginia Beach

dlankfor@vbgov.com
(O) 757.385.8062
(C) 757.409.4353

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To All:

We know that traffic on Shore Drive in the vicinity of Lesner Bridge has been a challenging at times this week. We all appreciate your patience as we continue with the median work in preparation for moving the eastbound Shore Drive traffic onto the new bridge. Our current traffic move date for this eastbound traffic is December 21, 2016.

LEFT TURN LANE closures and LEFT THRU lane closures on Shore Drive at Lesner Bridge will continue into next week. So, in order to help you plan your daily commute, here is what to expect the traffic condition to look like on Shore Drive at Lesner Bridge beginning TODAY, Monday, December 5th:

Monday, December 5th, 2016: The LEFT THRU lane on eastbound Shore Drive at Vista Circle will be CLOSED between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm;

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016: The LEFT TURN lane on eastbound Shore Drive at Vista Circle (to get to Page Avenue) will be CLOSED between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM;

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016: The LEFT TURN lane on eastbound Shore Drive at East Stratford Street will be CLOSED between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

In addition, it is possible that depending on where the actual water line is located, the eastbound LEFT THRU lane on Shore Drive at East Stratford Street may also be CLOSED during this same time period.

Thursday, December 8th, 2016: The LEFT THRU lane on eastbound Shore Drive at East Stratford Street will be CLOSED between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

Phase 4 Pavement Widening on the West Side of the New Lesner Bridge

Phase 4 Pavement Widening on the West Side of the New Lesner Bridge

Phase 4 Pavement Widening on the East Side of the New Lesner Bridge

Phase 4 Pavement Widening on the East Side of the New Lesner Bridge

Again, thank you for your patience during this difficult phase of changing traffic patterns. If all goes as planned, we’ll all be celebrating more than the New Year on January 1st!

Please drive safely!

– Chris

Christopher J. Wojtowicz, PE
Project Manager
City of Virginia Beach
Department of Public Works
Engineering Division
2405 Courthouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-9031
Office: (757) 385-5785
Fax: (757) 385-5668
Email: cwojtowi@vbgov.com

City Seeks Feedback on Designating Roadway in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Virtual Town Hall Survey:
The City Council is considering designating one of the following roadways in King’s honor and is seeking input from Virginia Beach residents.  

Between now and Dec. 30, residents are invited to take the Virtual Town Hall online survey.
(Note: Anonymous responses, “Off forum”, are ignored.)

Update on CRS

What’s the CRS again?

Community Rating System (CRS) is to reward communities that are doing more than meeting the minimum NFIP requirements to help their citizens prevent or reduce flood losses. The CRS also provides an incentive for communities to initiate new flood protection activities.

Update from Whitney McNamara, City of Virginia Beach Planning and Community Development:

City Council was briefed on CRS earlier this year – in August. At that time, no formal decisions were made, it was more to make them aware that it is a program the City is exploring. At this time, we are still awaiting final approval of the Hazard Mitigation Plan from FEMA and adoption by City Council. Once it is officially adopted, the plan can be sent to FEMA’s CRS consultant to review for CRS Compliance (FEMA is currently reviewing and approving it as a Hazard Mitigation Plan, not a Floodplain Management Plan). A Floodplain Management Plan is a minimum requirement for participation due to the number of repetitively flooded structures in Virginia Beach. If it is approved as a Floodplain Management Plan, the CRS program will be taken back to Council for a final decision to join or not. If and when we get the official go ahead, it is an 18-24 month process before Virginia Beach will officially be in the program, so the earliest residents would begin to receive the discounts would most likely be in 2019.

So it looks like the earliest you could start seeing Flood Insurance Premium discounts is 2019 if the COVB participates in FEMA’s CRS.

Additional resources:

    500 Series: Flood Damage Reduction
    (Pay special attention to Activity 510)
    Hampton Roads Hazard Mitigation Plan
One slide from presentation

One slide from presentation

NFIP CRS City Council Presentation August 9th 2016 PDF (11pages)

More info at FEMA here:

    Hazard Mitigation Plan info

    Floodplain Management Plan info

More resources at SDCC.info/Hot.

#LESNERBRIDGE update – Additional updates will be sent out as this work progresses and we move closer to the switchover date for the eastbound Shore Drive traffic. Please be patient and drive safely through this active construction zone!

Email update November 29,2016:

Bridge Groupies and Fans of the Kingfish:

Just a quick update from the Bridge Guru – Chris W, project manager – that explains yesterday’s lane closure and a few other details. Using that smooth, chatty, engineer style of conversing that he is known for, Cap’n Chris explains what is going on this week at your nearby friendly bridge structure. Just facts, no laughs. Parse and ponder each word . . . . .

Feel free to let Chris or me know if you have any questions or need more information.

As a reminder, we are regularly updating information on our WEB page at: http://www.vbgov.com/lesner-bridge. You can also follow us on Twitter at: @lesnerbridge.

If you know of someone who would like to be added to our update list, please have them get in touch with me at this e-mail address and I will be glad to add them. Please feel free to pass this along to others.

Thanks again for all of your interest and patience throughout this project. So . . . enjoy this time of the year as you prepare for the holidays . . . . look out for each other, and put the phone down while you’re driving.

Drew Lankford
Media and Communications
Department of Public Works
City of Virginia Beach

dlankfor@vbgov.com
(O) 757.385.8062
(C) 757.409.4353

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To All:

The first phase of the two-phased traffic switch over to the new westbound Lesner Bridge took place on Friday, November 11th, when we moved the westbound Shore Drive traffic over to the new bridge. The second phase will involve temporarily moving the eastbound Shore Drive traffic also over to the new westbound bridge. Once we move all traffic off of both old bridges we will begin the demolition process in preparation for construction of the new eastbound Lesner Bridge.

In order to move the eastbound Shore Drive traffic to the new bridge, we have to widen the pavement on the new bridge approaches and build the pavement transitions at the Shore Drive/East Stratford Street and Shore Drive/Vista Circle intersections.

This work will require single lane closures on eastbound Shore Drive for the next several weeks. Beginning yesterday (Monday), and continuing through this Friday, December 2nd, a single lane closure will be in place on eastbound Shore Drive between Dupont Circle and Lesner Bridge between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

Once this switch is made traffic will remain in this temporary condition until the new eastbound bridge is built. The following snapshots from the contract plans show what drivers can expect these temporary traffic lanes to look like at these two intersections:

Phase 4 Temporary Traffic Pattern at Shore Drive and East Stratford Street

Phase 4 Temporary Traffic Pattern at Shore Drive and East Stratford Street

Phase 4 Temporary Traffic Pattern at Shore Drive and Vista Circle

Phase 4 Temporary Traffic Pattern at Shore Drive and Vista Circle

Additional updates will be sent out as this work progresses and me move closer to the switchover date for the eastbound Shore Drive traffic.

Please be patient and drive safely through this active construction zone!

– Chris

Christopher J. Wojtowicz, PE
Project Manager
City of Virginia Beach
Department of Public Works
Engineering Division
2405 Courthouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-9031
Office: (757) 385-5785
Fax: (757) 385-5668
Email: cwojtowi@vbgov.com

Screen shot of Construction Cam westbound view taken 930am November 29th 2016

Screen shot of Construction Cam westbound view taken 930am November 29th 2016