NORFOLK -- Norfolk is working to reduce the impact of flooding in the Fort Norfolk neighborhood and make travel easier in the downtown and Ghent areas.
There are two public meetings Wednesday about the Brambleton Avenue and Colley Avenue Improvement Project. The first is from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the second is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will take place at the Red Cross located at 611 W. Brambleton Avenue.
The $2.4 million project should be completed by Spring 2014. It provides a dual left turn lane for westbound Brambleton Avenue onto southbound Colley Avenue with new signals and improved crosswalks. It also includes widening and raising a section of westbound Brambleton Avenue from Colley Avenue to the Brambleton Bridge with new sidewalks, curb and gutter, and pedestrian lighting on the north side, as well as storm water drainage improvements.
"To me it's a good thing because I live just six blocks from Brambleton, and when it floods it's like a river," said Norfolk resident Steve Synder.
The project is part of the overall Fort Norfolk improvement project that has included work at Second and Front Streets as well as infrastructure work to support the Fort Norfolk Plaza.
"It's not going to fix everything," said design engineer Chris Chambers. "But it will surely do a lot for the area."