Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) - The second phase of improvements on the Pacific Avenue Improvement project has started at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
The corridor improvement includes placing overhead utilities underground, replacing existing water, sewer and gas lines as well as installing a new traffic signal at 19th Street and installing new lighting.
The stretch of Pacific Avenue that is impacted by the project is just south of 17th Street to just north of 22nd Street.
All of the work is being completed during three "off seasons" between October and April.
The first phase between 2014 and 2015 included traffic detours and major construction work.
The recently begun second season on the project will cause very minimal disruptions to traffic.
"A very easy season compared to last season. All the heavy lifting was last season, this season is very minor," Project Manager Mike Tippin told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Monday.
Most of the work this winter will include running the currently overhead utility lines underground.
"Dominion Virginia Power, Verizon, Cox and Windstream are pulling all of their existing infrastructure that we built last season and then reestablishing their services from the overhead to underground," Tippin commented.