VIRGINIA BEACH (Pilotonline) — After decades of planning, a former railroad corridor that runs through key areas of Virginia Beach has moved a step closer to becoming a dedicated path for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded the city $14.9 million for the Virginia Beach Trail. The money will be used to build a 3-mile segment from Newtown Road to Town Center.
The trail in its entirety will eventually run the length of the city, a total of 12 miles. It will connect to an existing segment built years ago along Norfolk Avenue, between Birdneck Road and Pacific Avenue, at the Oceanfront. The path will be built along the same corridor where a light rail extension from Norfolk was proposed but rejected by voters in 2016.
Virginia Beach was one of hundreds of recipients of the Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program, which recently provided $800 million to 385 communities. The multiyear grant program began in 2022 and has awarded $1.7 billion in federal funding to more than 1,000 communities in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.