Virginia Beach City Council recently appropriated $2.998 million of local match funding to Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation (VBPR) for the Virginia Beach Trail (VB Trail) Phase 1.
The approval of appropriation from City Council follows $14.9 million in federal funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program (SS4A) to make safety improvements along the VB Trail, the largest such award in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Additional funding for this Capital Improvement Project includes a $750,000 Federal Community Project Funding Grant awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In November 2023, following the sale of an easement to Dominion Energy for the offshore wind project, an additional $902,000 of local funds was appropriated to the project.
The $19.5 million funding package for Phase 1 of the VB Trail will provide a 3.2-mile long 10-foot wide paved shared-use path connecting the City’s western border with Norfolk at Newtown Road to Constitution Drive in Virginia Beach Town Center.
Safe crossings will be built at all intersections along the path. Phase 1 of the VB Trail Includes an ADA-compliant pedestrian/bicyclist bridge to be built over the existing 10-lane Independence Boulevard.
One and a half miles of the VB Trail already exist along Norfolk Avenue, from N. Birdneck Road to Pacific Avenue, crossing Lake Holly, at the Oceanfront Resort Area and terminates at Rudee Loop.
When the VB Trail is completed, its 12 miles of shared-use path will cross the full width of the City of Virginia Beach, connecting communities, key destinations and other pathways.
The VB Trail is the top priority in the City’s Active Transportation Plan adopted by City Council in 2021 and will advance safety for both bicycle and pedestrian users, as well as vehicular modes of travel.
The VB Trail will also be the easternmost segment of the 41-mile-long South Hampton Roads Trail and larger systems across the region, state, and nation.
Stay in the know of all VB Trail updates by visiting www.virginiabeach.gov/vbtrail.
source: City of Virginia Beach