Second section of North King Street improvements proposed

5/28/2013, 3:23 p.m.

— Residents are invited to a public meeting on Tuesday, June 4, to learn about a proposed construction schedule and plans to make intersection improvements at North King Street, Little Back River Road, Sinclair Road and Mac Alva Drive.

The meeting will be held in the first floor lobby of City Hall, 22 Lincoln St., from 4-7 p.m.

Design of the North King Street Corridor Improvements Project, Section 2, began late last year and will include reconfiguring traffic flow and installing new traffic signals at the six-point intersection. Plans also include curbs, gutters and sidewalks. The proposed improvements are intended to increase the capacity of the intersection and enhance turning safety.

The project is expected to cost about $1,500,000 and the city hopes to begin advertising for bids next year. Money for the project is provided through VDOT’s Revenue Sharing Program. Work is not expected to start until April or May of 2015.

Earlier this year, work began on the first section of North King Street from Old Fox Hill Road to just south of Little Back River Road. Basic Construction Company was awarded a contract of $3,051,773 to install a raised median, curbs, gutters, storm drain improvements, sidewalks, bike paths and improved lighting.

Both projects on North King Street are part of the city’s North King Street Master Plan, which focuses on recognizing North King Street as an important transportation route that also serves as the gateway to Langley Air Force Base.

The work on North King Street will significantly improve the appearance and entrance to the base, which has approximately 10,000 military and civilian employees and employs a significant number of contractors from surrounding communities.

Annually, Langley contributes approximately $1.2 billion to the economy of Hampton and the surrounding region. Improvements along this corridor of older neighborhoods and shopping areas sends the message to senior officials from the Department of Defense that the community cares about the base and wants to continue to strengthen its relationship with the city.

Key elements of the city’s master plan for North King Street include:

• Creating pedestrian friendly roadways and safe connections for pedestrians using walking and biking trails

• Introducing new residential development around the Selden Farm and John Tyler Elementary School areas

• Celebrating North King Street’s historical significance

• Encouraging infill development in the Old North Hampton neighborhood