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Virginia Beach gets $14.9M federal grant to build section of 12-mile pedestrian, bicycle trail

Virginia Beach gets $14.9M federal grant to build section of 12-mile pedestrian, bicycle trail

When fully completed, the Virginia Beach Trail will span from the city line with Norfolk eastward to the Oceanfront area. Pete Buttigieg talks $14.9M Dept.…

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When fully completed, the Virginia Beach Trail will span from the city line with Norfolk eastward to the Oceanfront area. Pete Buttigieg talks $14.9M Dept. of Transportation grant for Virginia Beach Trail VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach is getting a $14.9 million grant from the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) to build a section of a 12-mile-long pedestrian and bicycle trail through the city.

The funding will be used to construct a three-mile stretch of the Virginia Beach Trail spanning from the western city limit line with Norfolk at Newtown Road eastward to the Town Center area. It marks the first phase in the project to finish the remaining 10.5 miles of the west-to-east trail; the easternmost section has already been constructed in the Virginia Beach Oceanfront area.

According to the city’s website , the project’s first phase will include a pedestrian-bicycle bridge over ten lanes of Independence Boulevard to separate the trail from automobile traffic.

When fully completed, city officials say the trail will "serve pedestrians, bicyclists, wheelchair users, strollers, runners, workers, students, families, and tourists by providing a safe, non-vehicular travel corridor across Virginia Beach." It will be 10 feet wide and occupy a narrow strip of a former Norfolk Southern railroad right-of-way owned by the city.

The trail is also poised to connect with the regional South Hampton Roads Trail that could run through Suffolk, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Chesapeake. A map showing the route of the Virginia Beach Trail currently in development. Credit: City of Virginia Beach

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