Each month, HRTPO staff highlights a project that is currently being implemented within the Hampton Roads region. This month, staff is highlighting the Centerville Turnpike Widening – Phase 2 project in Virginia Beach. The project will widen Centerville Turnpike from a two-lane to a four-lane undivided road from Kempsville Road to Indian River Road, a distance of 1.85 miles. This project will provide improvements at the Kempsville Road and Indian River Road intersections, including triple left turn lanes onto Indian River Road from Centerville Turnpike. Also included are sidewalks, dedicated on-road bike lanes, landscaping, and the relocation of existing aerial utilities to a new overhead location.
The existing two-lane roadway is severely congested with approximately 20,000 vehicles traveling per day; however, it was only intended to accommodate 13,200 vehicles per day. Traffic volumes are expected to increase to 36,000 vehicles per day by the year 2040, amplifying the congestion, which is why the project is necessary.
The cost estimate for the project is approximately $43 million with roughly $1.6 million expended on the Preliminary Engineering (PE) and Right of Way (RW) phases as of August 2022. The RW Phase will continue through August 2024, construction is tentatively set for Fall 2024, and completion of the project is scheduled for August 2027.