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VDOT: Expect a traffic shift on Laskin Road

Laskin Road Project rendering. (Photo courtesy/VDOT)

Travelers should anticipate a traffic shift between Winwood Drive and Red Robin Road as part of the Laskin Road Bridge Replacement & Widening Project, according to a press release. The traffic shift started taking place on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

Here’s what drivers need to know:
  • The two westbound lanes (towards Hilltop) will be shifted towards the shoulder from just before the Linkhorn Bay Bridge.
  • The two eastbound lanes (towards the Oceanfront) will be shifted towards the median, creating room for work on the south side of Laskin Road.
  • Barriers, flexible delineators and signage will be in place to guide traffic
  • Left-turn access and u-turn access may be restricted in certain areas. Signage will be in place to indicate these temporary changes.
 About the project

The Laskin Road Bridge Replacement & Widening Project encompassed roadway improvements along the heavily traveled Hilltop business corridor of Virginia Beach, starting at Republic Road, through the First Colonial Road intersection, and ending with the bridge replacement at Red Robin Road. The primary purpose of this project is to improve capacity and enhance safety through the widening and improvements of Laskin Road and First Colonial Road, as well as replacing the bridge over Linkhorn Bay in the City of Virginia Beach.

Construction began in fall 2019 and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.

Roadway Improvements

This project includes the construction of an 8-lane divided highway on Laskin Road (two 12-foot through lanes and one 14-foot wide outside lane to accommodate bikes in each direction and a continuous right turn lane in each direction) with a 5-foot sidewalk on the south side, a 10-foot sidewalk on the north side.

This phase also includes full improvements to the Laskin Road/First Colonial Road intersection, as well as the construction of a 6-lane divided highway on First Colonial Road from Laurel Lane to I-264.

Bridge Replacement:

This project will also replace the existing bridge on Laskin Road (Route 58) located 1 mile east of First Colonial Road. The Laskin Road Bridge crosses Linkhorn Bay in the Hilltop area. The current bridge was built in 1938, was later widened in 1956 and is in overall fair condition.

The Laskin Road bridge will be widened to five travel lanes, with a sidewalk on each side. The bridge will be built to accommodate future expansion to six lanes.

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