VBPD warns of potential street closures for Fourth of July

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach Police anticipate heavy traffic for the Fourth of July holiday and say road closures may happen, if traffic exceeds its capacity.

Police say some roads may be closed and traffic may be diverted at specific streets and times Friday. Eastbound traffic on Interstate 264 headed toward Virginia Beach may be redirected westbound.

Officer Tonya Borman said the police department has the same holiday traffic plan every year. During the Fourth of July celebrations last yer, police shut down several I-264 exits to the Oceanfront as part of that plan, and motorists on the interstate sat in traffic for hours after the fireworks were over.

Police said the closure was because parking garages, parking lots and roads were too congested. If the Oceanfront becomes too congested again, Borman said the same thing will happen.

“Anybody that’s coming in eastbound on I-264, if we see that we can’t get anymore vehicles into the Oceanfront, we will direct them back on westbound 264,” Borman said.

Borman said there will be extra officers patrolling the Oceanfront, and police will monitor parking lots by working with parking attendants. The police department will also watch I-264 cameras. Borman said, if weather isn’t stormy, they could also put the police helicopter in the air.

“If the weather conditions are good, we’ll have our helicopter fly over and look at the parking lots,” she said.

Borman said the best thing locals and tourists can do is get to their destination early on the Fourth of July. Also try take alternate routes to the Oceanfront that would cut down on congestion on I-264.

People with handicapped guests should also be aware that the traffic congestion and street closures will limit access to Atlantic Avenue. They should make appropriate arrangements for safe transportation and allow extra time to navigate to and from their destination, police say.

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