Virginia Beach plans to widen Rosemont Road 

Posted at 12:52 PM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 17:21:41-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - A busy stretch of Rosemont Road will soon be able to accommodate more traffic.

The City of Virginia Beach is currently planning for the Rosemont Road - Phase V project.

It will widen Rosemont Road between Lynnhaven Parkway and Dam Neck Road from two lanes to four lanes.

The project will also add a new landscaped median between northbound and southbound lanes as well as widen the outside lanes to accommodate cyclists.

A current horizontal curve between Primrose Lane / Harbinger Lane and Eagle Avenue will also be realigned on Rosemont Road.

Most of the land for the project was set aside years ago and has been open space.

"It's a huge benefit because we can build a road and then shift the traffic to the road and then do whatever reconstruction we need to do on the existing road. It is a big benefit with the maintenance of traffic," Transportation Project Management Supervisor David Jarman told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Thursday.

Other planned improvements include realigning the current multi-use path, upgrading sidewalks and the storm water management system and installing new LED street lighting.

The roadway currently carries about 17,000 vehicles per day and ranked 17th on the city's 2011 Technical Ranking of Congested Roadway Segments.

Traffic volume on Rosemont Road is expected to grow to 23,000 vehicles per day by 2040.

Construction is expected to start in Fall 2017.