I-264 eastbound near Oceanfront stays open Tuesday night after plans to close

Posted at 3:53 PM, Jul 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-04 23:22:09-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Virginia Beach City Officials previously said if you're going to the Oceanfront to see fireworks, you need to arrive early.

They said traffic on I-264 eastbound into the Resort Area would be Diverted at Parks Avenue Tuesday evening from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. or until traffic was flowing safely.

Around 9:30 p.m. police said I-264 will remain open.

Police are monitoring cameras and say there is still parking for Independence Day celebrations.

Massive crowds were expected at the Oceanfront.

"We need the public's help to make sure employees, guests or other visitors are aware of these traffic changes," said Deputy City Manager Steve Cover in a press release issued last week.

The city said during the planned traffic diversion, the eastbound exit for S. Birdneck and the westbound exit for First Colonial would be closed. Other routes into the resort area would remain open: General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach Blvd, Laskin Road and Shore Drive.

"For everyone's safety, ​we're encouraging people to arrive early and enjoy all of the amenities at the oceanfront and then be prepared for delays leaving the area," said Cover in the statement.