• The Peninsula Warrior - Army
OCTOBER 19, 2012
This map from the 733rd Civil Engineer Division identiﬁes the projected trafﬁc pattern along Fort Eustis Boulevard (Route 105, running horizontally) during phase one of the City of Newport News' upcoming bridge replacement project, scheduled to begin in the coming weeks. The inset diagrams detail trafﬁc tapers, buffers and work zones on- and adjacent-to the bridge. During phase one, northbound trafﬁc, which takes motorists toward Fort Eustis, will travel along the southbound span of the bridge in a two-way trafﬁc pattern. This trafﬁc pattern is scheduled to last approximately six months.
This map identiﬁes the projected trafﬁc pattern along Fort Eustis Boulevard (Route 105, running horizontally) during phase two of the City of Newport News' upcoming bridge replacement project, which will begin upon completion of phase one of the project. The inset diagrams detail trafﬁc tapers, buffers and work zones on- and adjacent-to the bridge. During phase two, southbound trafﬁc, which takes motorists from Fort Eustis toward Jefferson Avenue and Interstate 64, will travel along the newly-constructed northbound span of the bridge in a two-way trafﬁc pattern.This trafﬁc pattern will last approximately six months.
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Beginning later this year, the City of Newport News will begin a major construction project on Fort Eustis Boulevard, which will impact trafﬁc entering and exiting Fort Eustis for approximately one year. The project involves the replacement of two bridges that cross the CSX Transportation rail lines directly southwest of the Interstate 64 off-ramps onto Fort Eustis Boulevard. The northbound lane bridge, which carries trafﬁc from Jefferson Avenue to Fort Eustis, will be demolished and replaced ﬁrst. The ﬁrst phase of construction is scheduled to last until May 2013. Upon completion of the northbound bridge, the city will begin replacement of the southbound bridge, which is slated for completion in mid-November 2013. During construction, trafﬁc will merge into one lane to cross the open bridge in a two-way trafﬁc pattern. City crews will provide appropriate signage, ﬂaggers and other communicative marking to manage the ﬂow of trafﬁc along the impacted stretch of roadway.
As phase one is underway, the rerouting taper for trafﬁc traveling westbound on Fort Eustis Boulevard will begin just east of Jefferson Avenue. The taper for eastbound trafﬁc leaving Fort Eustis will begin at the eastern end of the reservoir bridge. When phase two begins, all trafﬁc will cross the newly-constructed northbound span. The trafﬁc taper for westbound trafﬁc will begin just west of I-64. The eastbound trafﬁc taper will begin at the western end of the reservoir bridge. Fort Eustis experiences peak trafﬁc ﬂow weekdays between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., marshaling in an average of 16,000 vehicles during the morning rush hour, according to the 733rd Security Forces Squadron’s Mike Hagans. The post admits about 24,000 vehicles each weekday. To help mitigate trafﬁc ﬂow issues, Fort Eustis senior leadership is considering a series of measures to decrease peak hour trafﬁc volume. These initiatives include, but are not limited to, “telework,” the practice of working from home or another off-site location; ﬂextime scheduling, in which workers can customize their schedules by coming in early,
working later, or vice-versa, and staggered reporting times. Soldiers and civilian employees should refer to their unit leadership for appropriate scheduling. The installation has made several improvements in the past six months to improve trafﬁc ﬂowing on and off post. For example, morning “Reveille” was moved to 5:30 a.m., eliminating trafﬁc stoppage during the music. An improved force protection barrier plan, which dictates how security forces control access to the post, is in development. Commercial deliveries are prohibited on the installation prior to 8 a.m., streamlining gate access for commuters. Additionally, day contractors can only enter the post via Dozier Road, which alleviates some of the vehicle load at the main gates. During peak hours, additional gate security will help process inbound trafﬁc control at the gates to speed up entry on to post. Traditional concrete “Jersey barriers” will be removed in favor of passive bollards, giving security personnel the ﬂexibility to quickly adapt entry lanes to ensure maximum efﬁciency and driver safety. Leadership from the 733rd Mission Sup-
port Group coordinated with Newport News city managers to synchronize and increase turn signal times, which will allow more vehicles to enter Gate 2. Also, the city built an additional turning lane to streamline outbound trafﬁc at Gate 2. Keith Morrow, the 733rd MSG deputy commander, said that while the construction project will deﬁnitely impact trafﬁc in and out of the installation, the best way to avoid delays is to plan ahead. Plotting new routes to and from the post, carpooling, and allotting extra time for travel are among his recommendations to alleviate logjam at the gates. “We’re doing everything we can to mitigate a negative trafﬁc impact on the installation, but people living and working on Fort Eustis can help by doing a little back planning,” he said. “For the ﬁrst few days, we expect people to allow a little extra time for their commute to see what the situation will be like. Eventually, we’ll fall into a routine where we know what to expect, and how to get where we’re going on time.” Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Fort Eustis edition of the Oct. 19, 2012 issue of Peninsula Warrior