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Oct 12

City Council Recap

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 8:24 AM by Communications Department


VDOT Revenue Sharing Program Requests
City Council approved the City’s application to the Virginia Department of Transportation requesting $10 million through VDOT’s FY18 Revenue Sharing Program for seven construction projects. The program requires a 50/50 city/state match, and the seven projects cost at total of $20 million. The bulk of the City’s portion of the project costs, $10 million, is reflected in the FY18 Capital Improvements Plan with $2.5 million provided by other revenue streams. The maximum any jurisdiction can request under the program is $10 million with a $20 million total project cap. Applications are due in November, and a decision is expected by June 2017.

The projects included in this request by rank are:
1. $4 million for construction along Jefferson Avenue from 12th to 24th streets;
2. $6.3 million for extension of Hogan Drive;
3. $2 million for Campbell Road North right-of-way;
4. $5 million for the I-64 Jefferson Avenue C Ramp;
5. $2 million for extension of Habersham Drive;
6. $450,000 for traffic signal mast arm conversion at Jefferson and Bellwood; and
7. $250,000 for new sidewalks with ADA ramps at locations to be determined.

Transportation Alternatives Program Grant Application
City Council also voted to support the City’s application for $400,000 in Transportation Alternatives Program grant funds from the Virginia Department of Transportation for Phase II of the Washington Avenue Streetscape and Pedestrian Improvements project. Phase II consists of improvements to the sidewalks, crosswalks and lighting on Washington Avenue between 30th and 34th streets. The total cost of this phase is $500,000, and this program requires a 20% City match of $100,000. VDOT will make its decision on grant awards in June 2017.

Other Actions
All other agenda items were approved by City Council, and the entire Council meeting can be viewed on-demand.

Next Meeting The next regular meeting of the Newport News City Council will be Tuesday, October 25th. City Council typically meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm in City Council Chambers, 2400 Washington Avenue. Meetings are shown live on the City’s Cable Channel NNTV (Cox Ch 48/Verizon Ch 19) and are streamed live on City Council meetings are also available to be watched on-demand the day following the meeting at

NOTE: The City Council meeting regularly scheduled for November 8, 2016, has been canceled in recognition of the Presidential Election.