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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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Jul 14

City Center Boulevard Sound Wall Not Being Altered

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 8:25 AM by Communications Department

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, the City Manager told the public that the City would not be making any changes to the sound wall along City Center Boulevard near cityCenterBlvdSign_SCSpring Road. Previously, the City had considered creating an opening in the wall with a second wall to buffer the neighborhood from the road noise in response to complaints of people cutting through residents’ private property to go around the City Center Boulevard sound wall. This opening would have provided pedestrian access from Spring Road to City Center Boulevard. A public meeting on the project was held last month with approximately 35 citizens attending. The majority of those in attendance opposed the project, primarily because of security concerns that the opening would increase foot traffic and related crime/litter. Speakers in favor were concerned with access to the facilities on City Center Boulevard including the United Jewish Community Center, Port Warwick and a proposed 7-11. Prior concerns with trespassers cutting through yards to reach and go around the sound wall have been partly mitigated by new fencing. The City Manager, with the support of the City Council, felt that the proposed solution would be not benefit the neighborhood and was clearly not supported by a majority of the residents it was intended to assist.