Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Here’s the traffic plan for College Beach Weekend in Virginia Beach

Traffic will be diverted at certain spots near the Oceanfront April 27 and 28. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)
Traffic will be diverted at certain spots near the Oceanfront April 27 and 28. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)

To facilitate traffic and accommodate the larger-than-normal crowds entering the resort area in Virginia Beach for College Beach Weekend, traffic on Interstate 264 eastbound will be diverted at Parks Avenue and redirected westbound on I-264 beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27 through 5 p.m. the following day, Virginia Beach city officials said.

During the traffic diversion, the eastbound exit for South Birdneck Road and the westbound exit for First Colonial Road will be closed. Other routes into the resort area will remain open.

“Our communications with residents and visitors emphasizes planning for lousy traffic conditions and that message seems to be getting out there,” said Virginia Beach City Council member John Uhrin, who represents the Beach district. “Past experience tells us we need to begin diverting vehicles early to avoid the traffic backups that make recovery even more difficult. We hope identifying the specific time will make planning just a little easier for everyone.”

This year’s College Beach Weekend — April 27-29 — will be the sixth annual gathering that brought nearly 40,000 people to the Oceanfront in 2017.

Virginia Beach Police will monitor traffic to ensure emergency vehicles can move quickly and safely respond to calls for service, officials said.

John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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