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What’s with the construction near Patrick Henry Mall?

Pedestrian crosswalk button will be installed on three intersections off Jefferson Avenue near Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the city of Newport News)
Pedestrian crosswalk button will be installed on three intersections off Jefferson Avenue near Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the city of Newport News)

NEWPORT NEWS — If you have been driving along Jefferson Avenue near Patrick Henry Mall, you may have noticed some orange cones, closed lanes and construction crews.

So what’s the deal?

The city-funded project is to enhance the safety of pedestrians in the area by creating crosswalks and pedestrian signs at the intersections of HQ Way, Operations Drive and Freedom Way along Jefferson Avenue.

Four pedestrian crosswalk button signals will be installed.

The cost of the Traffic Signal Pedestrian Project is $55,000 — the project is to adapt to increased foot traffic in the area.

“Before the project can begin, crews need to complete some arterial resurfacing in the area,” Sarah Bowman, spokeswoman for the city, wrote in an email. “Cones are occasionally placed to assist with traffic control when any contractor or design engineers are working in the area.”

In addition, the crews will repair sidewalks near the intersections and install standard, white crosswalks, Bowman added.

The project is expected to end in the beginning of October, according to the city’s project page.

This is one of many projects the city is involved in, including the 2019 Arterial Resurfacing and Concrete Program, which overlaps a portion of Jefferson Avenue near Patrick Henry Mall. For more information about Traffic Signal Pedestrian Project and other city projects, visit the city’s Project List page.

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Julia Marsigliano
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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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