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Posted on: September 11, 2020

Norfolk Receives $14.4M from Dept. of Transportation to Improve Road Network in St. Paul's Area

NORFOLK, VA – The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Norfolk $14.4 million as part of the Better Utilizing Infrastructure to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program.  The funds will be leveraged with a $6.2 million match from the city for a $20.6 million road improvement project as part of the St. Paul’s Transformation. 

“We are grateful for the continued and significant support for the transformation of the St. Paul’s area. This $14.4 million BUILD grant brings the total investment, to date, for this initiative above $50 million and helps us leverage additional funding for the generational project. It will fund new gridded, elevated roadways that will mitigate flooding. This transformed and resilient infrastructure will feature pedestrian friendly streets and corridors, enhanced access to transit, and improved connections to broadband. The resilient, mix-use community that will rise from this new foundation will be home to more than 700 units of new replacement, affordable and market rate housing. This significant award was the result of a tireless and coordinated effort. We appreciate the incredible work and commitment of our residents, stakeholders, federal partners including Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Congressional delegation including Senators Warner and Kaine, Congressman Scott, Congresswoman Luria and City of Norfolk staff,“ said Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander.

The project will reconstruct and upgrade 1.33 miles of city streets in the St. Paul’s Area into connected, complete streets integrated with broadband facilities, resilience, and stormwater infrastructure components.  Church Street, Freemason Street, Tidewater Drive, Chapel Street, Reilly Street, Mariner Drive, Holt Street, Resilience Drive, and other key segments and intersections connecting these main corridors are included in the improvement project. 

New improvements include:

  • Sidewalks and crosswalks for pedestrian safety
  • Traffic calming - facilitating Norfolk’s commitment to its “Vision Zero” initiative to eliminate transportation threats and harms to all pedestrians
  • Dedicated bicycle facilities including new shared-use paths
  • Integrated broadband conduit underground
  • Elevating roadways out of the floodplain in highly flood-prone areas
  • Improve safety and reduce total crashes by an estimated 40%, through complete street and intersection improvements including installation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) facilities, improved signalization controls, signing and striping improvements, speed limit reductions, wider sidewalks, curb bump-outs, and improved lighting

The $20.6 million road improvement project will provide the necessary roadway infrastructure to support the implementation of the $30 million HUD Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant focused on transforming the Tidewater Gardens community and address the transportation needs of the residents; 65% currently do not have access to a vehicle.

The upgraded street network will connect the redeveloped, mixed-use Choice Neighborhood community to downtown Norfolk and its key commercial and civic amenities, the Downtown Norfolk Transit Center, Harbor Park Stadium, two elementary schools, an educational academy, the Waterside District, the downtown Municipal Center, the Norfolk light rail route, and a variety of job, educational, civic, and other community anchors.

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