Work could realign curve along Virginia Beach’s Shipps Corner Road

Posted at 5:32 PM, Feb 09, 2015

Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) - Changes could be coming to a stretch of Shipps Corner Road in Virginia Beach.

The road runs between Holland and London Bridge Roads.

A bend at the intersection with Old Clubhouse Road is described as dangerous by neighbors like Mike Bruno.

"It’s too tight. Too curvy and the trees. You don’t see the other vehicles speeding past you around the turn. Like big dump trucks, big cars or trucks."

Now the city has filed an application with the US Army Corps of Engineers for needed state and federal permits to make changes to the roadway.

The proposed work would decrease the curvature of the bend by realigning Shipps Corner Road southward.

This would bring the road up to current VDOT safety standards by improving the line of sight for drivers and reducing the potential for crashes.

A secondary purpose for the work is to reduce flooding by improving the drainage infrastructure.

"Come here in a light rain and see the road flooded out. I’ve seen cars conk out on that road when it floods," Bruno stated.

The City of Virginia Beach must received the permits because the road is adjacent to West Neck Creek, a tributary of the Lynnhaven River and the project would impact wetlands.

You can read more about the proposed work and the public comment period here.