Benjamin Avenue 1st to 13th Street Improvement Project

Project Overview:

The City of Norfolk has been working with design teams to create a plan to make much needed improvements to Benjamin Avenue from 13th Street to 1st Street. Benjamin Avenue is an urban arterial roadway that connects the City of Norfolk from east to west and provides access to many businesses. Over time, the pavement along this corridor has deteriorated and traffic studies have shown that this stretch of roadway has a high crash rate due to the lack of available turn lanes and the abundance of access points.

The City has been diligently working with the engineering firm, Schemmer and Associates, to create the re-construction plans along Benjamin Avenue. The plans include the widening of Benjamin Avenue to incorporate middle turn lanes, full removal and replacement of the concrete roadway, replacement of the box culvert deck, placing new sidewalk and trails, and landscaping along the corridor.

The City has contracted with BX Civil and Construction as the prime contractor on the project along with JEO to provide Construction Engineering Services on the project.

The project began on April 4, 2022 and is scheduled to be complete by November, 2023.

Project Schedule: 

See above diagram for construction phasing plan.

Project Funding:

 100% City Highway Allocation Funds (Bonded)

Project Documents and Images:

Press Release: December 15, 2023

Press Release: November 22, 2023

Benjamin Avenue Video Update: November 9, 2023

Press Release: October 19, 2023

Press Release: September 19, 2023

Benjamin Avenue Video Update: September 19, 2023

Press Release: September 15, 2023

Press Release: August 9, 2023

Benjamin Avenue Video Update: July 26, 2023

Press Release: July 17, 2023

Press Release: June 14, 2023

Benjamin Avenue Video Update: May 16, 2023

Press Release: May 10, 2023

Press Release: April 13, 2023

Benjamin Avenue Detour Access to North Riverside and Square Turn

Benjamin Avenue Scooter's Detour Map

Press Release: March 28, 2023

Press Release: March 16, 2023

Press Release: December 1, 2022

Benjamin Avenue Video Update: November 23, 2022

Press Release: November 1, 2022

School Traffic Update: October 26, 2022

Benjamin Avenue Video Update: October 6, 2022

Press Release: September 28, 2022

Benjamin Avenue Video Update: August 26, 2022

August 25, 2022 Traffic Change

Press Release: August 25, 2022

Press Release: August 10, 2022

Press Release: July 14, 2022

Press Release: June 1, 2022

Press Release: May 23, 2022

Press Release: May 18, 2022

Benjamin Avenue Video Update: May 4, 2022

Press Release: April 21, 2022

Press Release: March 25, 2022

Press Release: March 22, 2022

Fact Sheet

Average Traffic Exhibit

Benjamin Avenue Plans

Preliminary Landscaping Plans

Invitation to Bid

Bid Tabulation

Phase I Pedestrian Access Map

Phase I Pedestrian Access Map by the High School

Contact for Further Information:

Anna Allen
Assistant City Engineer

Construction Engineer