City says it will cost millions to fix crumbling Norfolk street

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by Nick Ochsner, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 2:59 PM

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NORFOLK -- A Norfolk city street is sinking and the city says there's little that can be done to fix it.

Richard Broad, the assistant director of public works for the city of Norfolk, says a 50-foot stretch of westbound Terminal Boulevard, at the intersection of Hampton Boulevard, is cracked and deteriorating.

Broad says it would cost between $7 and $8 million to re-do that section of Terminal Boulevard.

The problem is two-fold, Broad says. At 60 years old, the road is ten years past its life expectancy of 50. When you factor in the hundreds of heavy cargo trucks that drive over the aging surface each day, you get a pretty bumpy ride.

That bumpy ride has translated into a big bill for Adrian Knight, who drives through that intersection to get to work every day. Knight says one particularly bumpy ride recently bent the expensive rim on his car.

Knight was surprised to hear the city knew about the problem, but has yet to find a way to fix it.

The city doesn't have money set aside to cover the millions of dollars it would cost to fix it. Instead, it's hoping to partner with another agency to share the cost. 

"Mostly likely," Broad says, "VDOT."

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