- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Transportation is planning to transform a busy Norfolk intersection into a “continuous flow intersection” designed to increase capacity and decrease the danger posed by left turns.

News outlets report that construction is expected to begin this week at the intersection of Military Highway and Northampton Boulevard, which sees 63,000 cars a day.

VDOT says the new design, which will be among the first of its kind in Virginia, will lead to smoother traffic flow and a 30 percent increase in capacity.

Officials expect the $59.8 million project to be finished in May 2018.

Continuous flow intersections move left-turning vehicles away from the main intersection into dedicated turn lanes, eliminating conflicts with opposing traffic.

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