Norfolk, VA task force recommends no lane changes along Hampton Boulevard (Victory for now in the War on Cars Watch)

Members of a Norfolk task force are recommending no lane changes along Hampton Boulevard — despite a previous proposal calling for lane reductions.

Representives from the city, Old Dominion University, the U.S. Navy and the Port of Virginia formed a task force after an April 2018 crash near Bolling Avenue in which a tractor-trailer flipped. The group held its final public meeting Thursday morning.

10 On Your Side reported last month the task force was looking to reduce some parts of the road from three narrow lanes to two wider lanes with bike lanes.

City Councilwoman Courtney Doyle told 10 On Your Side, “The consensus was this was not the right thing to do, but there are many other traffic calming measures and other initiatives that we’re doing.”

Hampton Blvd. is one of the busiest roads in Norfolk, with about 35,000 vehicles a day traveling to and from the Naval Base, the Port of Virginia and Old Dominion University, with neighborhoods all along on either side.