VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) --Virginia Beach residents were able to share their opinions about the state's plan to do away with feeder lanes along Laskin Road Thursday night.
Both the Virginia department of transportation and city officials presented updates on the feeder lane fix at First Colonial High School, in Virginia Beach.
Phillip Pullen is the city Public Works transportation division manager. He says this public hearing is the last step before the project construction can start.
At the meeting V-Dot and the city focused on the first of 5 phases for the project. The project ultimately widens Laskin Road and First Colonial, replaces the bridge over Linkhorn Bay, and most importantly it gets rid of feeder lanes.
This project has taken more than 30 years to get to this point. That's why the city of Virginia Beach and V-Dot wanted to hear the communities feedback.
Pullen said Thursday's meeting is "a huge mile stone and a huge accomplishment for us to get this close to construction."
13News Now spoke with the Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman, and she told us that the first phase of the project is going to be $90,000,000 instead of $50,000,000.
"Tonight is a chance for the public to see some of the finer details of the design," said Pullen.
The city said some of those details include 10 to 16-foot-tall concrete sound walls. The wall is meant to help break up the street noise for residents.
Another change includes raising the bridge over Linkhorn Bay.
"The new bridge is going to be a state of the art bridge," said Pullen. "It's going to be raised three to four feet higher than what it is now."
Pullen said it’s part of the forward-thinking they’ve done in case of sea level rise. Most importantly, they wanted the community to add any suggestions before breaking ground.
Pullen says the project will take three years to complete.
He said, "We ask the public to bear with us for three years while we're building this project, and in the end when we get rid of the feeder lanes it'll all be worth it."