Roadwork continues as grand opening of Norfolk outlet mall nears

NORFOLK, Va.  - The new Norfolk Premium Outlets are scheduled to open their doors Thursday, June 29.

Along with new stores, new traffic patterns leading into the outlets will also be unveiled.

Norfolk City crews have been working to improve the intersection of Northampton Blvd and Wesleyan Drive so that drivers and shoppers can easily maneuver the site of the new outlet entrance. According to a city spokesperson, all of the construction near the intersection will be completed by the outlet's grand opening. Once the cones are gone, new signal timings signage, and pavement will all contribute to an easier flow of traffic in the area.

In addition to the improvements, Norfolk Police, Virginia Beach Police and State Police will be on hand the opening weekend of the outlets to assist with the new traffic flow.

According to a spokesperson with VDOT, operational improvements on Northampton Blvd will continue even after the mall opens this week.

After the July 4 holiday, VDOT crews will work to add turning lanes, lengthen ramps and improve roads traveled by shoppers from major interstates to the outlet's entrance on Northampton Blvd.

According to VDOT the work will cost $9 million dollars and is fully funded. The roadwork is expected to be completed by May 2018.

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