Why Virginia Beach traffic could be worse than normal this weekend

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTVR) – Driving from Richmond to Virginia Beach should only take about two hours. But due to tunnel traffic and other unexpected issues, that drive can often take much longer.

If you are headed to Virginia Beach this coming weekend, your traffic concerns may not end once you exit Interstate 64. The Virginia Beach Police and Virginia Beach Emergency Management has plans to close or limit traffic during evening hours near “major entry access points into the resort area.”

“This option is necessary to reduce the number of cars throughout the area,” the organizations posted on Facebook. “It is likely that all traffic east bound on I-264 will be redirected west bound on Friday and Saturday nights depending on the level of traffic.”

Basically you would not be able to exit I-264 West until Lynnhaven Parkway.

Other traffic changes would include:

  • Enter the area only via north bound General Booth Blvd. east bound Virginia Beach Blvd., east bound Laskin Rd. or south bound Shore Dr.
  • The traffic diversion/street closures will also affect most of Atlantic Ave.

“The public is encouraged to make necessary arrangements to ensure that employees, guests or other visitors are aware of these traffic changes,” the Facebook post indicated. “Officers will be on station to monitor traffic and in some limited circumstances, reasonable access may be permitted under urgent circumstances.”

Police advised beach-goers plan to arrive to the oceanfront earlier than usual and be prepared for delays leaving the area.


  • Karen

    I can see now that tourists will be heading to another beach. If I can’t go to my favorite beach and I am from out of state, I will go somewhere that they want me.

  • SurfFisher

    For those who have been living under a rock..

    It’s Beach Week (AKA – Black Beach Week) when college students go before year end. Last year’s event became a Thug Fest that included shootings, stabbings, fights, and property damage.

    This year, the police is prepared with 800+ police officers on duty, and a plan to prevent this from happening again.

    99% of the time, Va Beach is family friendly, safe, and fun. Please bear with the VBPD because all they’re doing is protecting everyone else.

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