That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

June 4, 2007

Coliseum Mall Flyover Demolition Coverage

Filed under: "coliseum mall" — Anita @ 7:12 pm

(yeah, I didn’t find out about this until Saturday evening, sorry 😦 )

{Daily Press}

Watch the Coliseum flyover come down

BY MIKE HOLTZCLAW
(757) 928-6479
May 31, 2007, 11:38 AM EDT
HAMPTON — The City of Hampton is inviting residents to come and watch Monday as the Coliseum Mall’s trademark flyover is brought down.

The elevated ramp — which provided a quick hop from Mercury Boulevard into the parking lot of the now-demolished mall — will be taken down starting at 10 a.m. Monday. The city is offering residents a chance to “take one last walk” across the flyover.

Will Bassett, marketing manager for Hampton’s department of economic development, said the flyover will not be imploded or crushed. Rather, he said, it will be taken down piece by piece over the course of about 60 days. Monday’s “groundshaking ceremony” will mark the beginning of that process, starting with a section of guardrail that will be pushed off the flyover.

People wanting to attend the ceremony can park between Outback Steakhouse and Bennigan’s.

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{wvec.com}

Final walk on flyover at Coliseum Mall

12:02 PM EDT on Monday, June 4, 2007

By 13News There was one last walkover on the flyover on Mercury Blvd. to Coliseum Mall Monday morning.

 

 

City of Hampton

{City of Hampton}

At the 10 a.m. “groundshaking ceremony,” the first section of guardrail was cut and toss to the ground below.

The flyover, completed in 1973, will be taken down piece by piece over the next two months.

The demolition is part of the conversion of Coliseum Mall into Peninsula Town Center, a 75-acre mixed-use development with shopping, dining and entertainment venues.

“The demolition of the flyover is a major representation of the transformation happening in the Coliseum Central district,” said Mayor Ross A. Kearney.

Officials say the flyover’s removal will increase visibility and access to the Peninsula Town Center and other surrounding sites while providing improved pedestrian connections at the intersection.

{Daily Press}

Flyover demolition begins

After 34 years, the Coliseum Flyover in Hampton is coming down

HAMPTON — How many politicians does it take to push over a guardrail?

Six.

Hampton Mayor Ross Kearney led the group as they pushed over a section of the guard rail on the Coliseum Flyover in Hampton Monday morning. It marked the beginning of the end of the well-known ramp that has funneled cars off Mercury Boulevard and into the Coliseum Mall since 1973.

The demolition is part of the redevelopment of the Coliseum Mall into the new Peninsula Town Center, scheduled to open in 2009.

It’s expected to take about two months for the flyover to be completely removed. Kearney said a nine-lane roadway will open in its place in June of next year.

About 35-40 people attended the ceremony.

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8 Comments »

  1. Whoa . . . Almost weirder than seeing the mall go.

    If anyone snags a northbound on Mercury Blvd. driver’s eye view photo of the flyover before it goes down, please post. Thanks.

    When visiting in Va. last month, drove my mom around what was left of the mall. (Took a few pics–nothing beyond what everyone’s already posted.) The flyover entrance was walled off with orange plastic traffic barrels. Guess it’d been that way for a while now.

    Thanks as always, Anita. And sorry you didn’t get word soon enough to go.

    Comment by Kevin Seward — June 4, 2007 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

  2. Even if I did know ahead of time I couldn’t of gone due to my car and having class that day.
    I have a photo (albeit bad) of the last time my dad and I took the flyover back in october, ish of 2006:

    Coliseum Mall Flyover Hampton, VA

    Comment by Anita — June 4, 2007 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

  3. That blows! The flyover was the best part of going to Colesium Mall!!!

    We’ve lived here since 1995. I believe that area has been under construction the entire time. Just when something’s finished on 64 VDOT decides to make traffic even worse. Grrr.

    Comment by KP — June 5, 2007 @ 7:08 am | Reply

  4. Thanks for the link to the cool Flickr pic. Looks good to me–the light from the sky was graying out the street details you were looking to capture? In any recent visits, I’ve always been the driver, so the picture’s more of an Evel Knieval at Snake River Canyon view than I’ve ever had.

    Veritable picture coolness aside: I’m looking for a street level, just ‘fore you catch the Flyover up off of Mercury picture. I’ll check out Look in the Tunk and pics of other area photographers to see what’s up. Again, many thanks.

    That’s one squirrelly interchange for sure.

    Comment by Kevin Seward — June 9, 2007 @ 8:54 am | Reply

  5. Forgive the overposting . . .

    Meant to quote KP’s funny “VDOT . . . Grrr” line before “squirrelly” etc.

    Comment by Kevin Seward — June 9, 2007 @ 8:58 am | Reply

  6. Der, I’m look in the tunk.

    Comment by Anita — June 9, 2007 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  7. “Der, I’m look in the tunk.”

    Yeah, I know–just trying to say I’ll get proactive (& not be a PITA ) about finding the Holy Grail pic of the Flyover.

    ‘Course if the aforementioned shot is the only pic of the Flyover in Look . . ., then that “Der” still applies. (Looked in Flickr, crashed off, will look again, ummm, now.)

    Thanks.

    Comment by Kevin Seward — June 12, 2007 @ 9:05 pm | Reply

  8. >>‘Course if the aforementioned shot is the only pic of the Flyover in Look . . ., then that “Der” still applies. (Looked in Flickr, crashed off, will look again, ummm, now.)

    Comment by Anita — June 12, 2007 @ 10:09 pm | Reply


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