VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach Police may close or limit inbound traffic at several, major access points this weekend as the department prepares for an increase in crowds at the Oceanfront.
The department says it is treating the traffic control this weekend similar to a holiday weekend.
Police spokesman James Cason said that if traffic volume increases to a gridlock situation, the police department will divert eastbound traffic from I-264 at Lynnhaven Parkway. Traffic going out of the resort area, westbound on I-264, will not be able to exit the interstate until past Lynnhaven Parkway.
Cason said the reason behind the traffic plan is simple and all about public safety.
“When traffic reaches the point that it comes to a standstill, public safety is paramount,” Cason said. “Emergency vehicles, i.e. Fire trucks, ladder trucks, ambulances, police cars, and other first responders, must be able to reach the scene of an emergency. That cannot be accomplished if traffic is in gridlock.”
The traffic plan is not intended to stop people from accessing the resort area. Cason said vehicles can travel to the Oceanfront via General Booth Boulevard to the south and Shore Drive from the north.
If the decision is made to reroute traffic, information will be broadcast by VDOT as well as the VBPD on Facebook and Twitter. You can also count on 10 On Your Side to keep you informed.