The City of Newport News is holding a drive-in Ribbon Cutting event on Tuesday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m. to open the new Atkinson Boulevard. Residents and guests are invited to attend to be the first to drive across the new roadway that connects Warwick Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue.
During the event, Mayor McKinley L. Price and members of Newport News City Council will deliver remarks and then attendees can drive down Atkinson Boulevard. Guests should enter Atkinson Way off Warwick Boulevard no earlier than 30 minutes before the event; the Jefferson Avenue entrance will be closed during the event. Parking attendants will help participants line up along Atkinson Way. Guests should remain in their vehicles and can tune into 88.7 FM to hear the event live.
Atkinson Boulevard is a new 1.2 mile, four lane divided roadway that features a 1,740 foot bridge over Interstate 64 and the CSX Railway. It also includes a multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists. Construction began in 2017, with the city administering the project as a joint venture between Bryant Contracting, Inc. and Basic Construction Company, LLC. The total project cost was $66 million.
In addition to encouraging residents to drive across the bridge, cyclists are invited to register to be the first to bike along the path. Due to Governor Northam’s COVID restrictions, only 15 cyclists may ride across the bridge during the event. Participants must register online and can park at Mary Passage Middle School to unload. Registration is not required for motorists who wish to drive across the bridge.
After the event, Atkinson Boulevard will be open in both directions for vehicle traffic and those wanting to walk or bike across the bridge. This important connector between the city’s two major roads, Warwick Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, will alleviate congestion and make navigating through Newport News even easier.