New continuous flow intersection could mean a safer drive in Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Good news for Norfolk drivers — the mess on Military Highway is about to clear up.

VDOT plans to open a new first of its kind in Virginia, continuous flow intersection this weekend.  

What makes this different is designated left turn lanes.

63,000 cars a day come through the congested intersection. The new traffic pattern is supposed to help move them through more smoothy.

Watching the VDOT video that shows how cars will move through, it all makes sense.

People on the actual road however, are a little confused.

“I don’t totally understand how that’s all going to come together,” Julia Byard said with a shoulder shrug.

Confusion is nothing new though for Julia and her neighbors living near the intersection at Military Highway and Northampton Boulevard.

“I’ve gotten lost coming through that corridor. They’ve got so many detour signs and one night I
ended up somewhere over in Robin Hood (Road),” Beverly Cooper told WAVY.com

The project has been going on for two years. Now the end is in sight. 

VDOT crews plan to have the new intersection fully opened to traffic Monday morning.  Drivers on Military turning left onto Northampton Blvd. or Princess Anne Road will cross over into dedicated
left-turn lanes before the main intersection.

Then they will proceed through the main intersection at the same time as the cars turning right or going straight through the intersection.

“I think it may look more complicated from the outside but once you’re in it and following the signage it’ll be rather intuitive,” said VDOT spokesperson, Brittany McBride. And even if there is some initial confusion McBride says it will be worth it in the long run.

“Studies show it’s a 25 percent crash reduction rate using one of these intersections and we also hope it will reduce congestion for everybody on their commutes.”

VDOT plans to open up one of the left turn lanes tomorrow and the whole intersection by Monday morning.

There will still be some lane closures in the area for the next couple of weeks as they finish the entire project.

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