Meeting Wednesday for intersection project

Published 8:28 pm Monday, August 26, 2019

Suffolk Public Works will hold a public meeting on Wednesday regarding the Bennetts Pasture Road and Nansemond Parkway intersection improvements. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Florence Bowser Elementary School, 4540 Nansemond Parkway.

The proposed project is meant to enhance safety and provide added capacity at three primary intersections along Nansemond Parkway, according to the press release. These intersections include Nansemond Parkway at the Nansemond River High School entrance, Nansemond Parkway at Sleepy Hole Road and Nansemond Parkway at Sportsman Boulevard.

The proposed improvements include roadway widening, additional turn lanes, a realignment of Bennetts Pasture Road with Sportsman Boulevard and terminating the western end of the existing Bennetts Pasture Road with a cul-de-sac to remove its connection with Nansemond Parkway.

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Other proposed improvements are installing a new multi-use path along Bennetts Pasture Road, realignment of Sportsman Boulevard at Nansemond Parkway, a new access road to Nansemond River High School from Sleepy Hole Road and parking lot improvements at the high school.

There are also proposed improvements for the drainage system, a new traffic signal at Sleepy Hole Road and a new configuration at the Nansemond River High School front entrance, according to the press release.

The Wednesday meeting will provide an opportunity for individuals, associations, citizens’ groups and governmental agencies to offer their written and verbal comments for the project record.  The proceedings will be in an open-forum style and allow participants to discuss the project with staff.

Exhibits will be provided for review, and city representatives — as well as the design consultant — will be available for questions. Also available will be design plan sheets, information on the tentative project schedule, information on property impacts and right-of-way relocation assistance and submitted environmental documents.

Comment sheets will be available at the meeting and may also be submitted to the Department of Public Works, with attention to Allan Mushett at 442 W. Washington St. Mushett is the public works project manager.

For more information or special assistance for people with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact Mushett at 514-7681 or