Lake Hampton and North Armistead Avenue

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The Lake Hampton and North Armistead Avenue project will elevate the roadway and retrofit water management infrastructure at Lake Hampton.

The specific goals of the project are to:

  1. Reduce roadway flooding by elevating a half-mile stretch of the road by as much as 5.25 feet. The new road will be a minimum of 7.5 feet above sea level.
  2. Improve stormwater management by increasing water storage capacity in Lake Hampton.
  3. Improve community connectivity by creating approximately 1.25 miles of sidewalk and shared use path connected to Hampton’s existing Waterwalk Trail
  4. Create habitat and improve water quality


The North Armistead Avenue road raising and multi-use path installation will occur between Convention Center Drive and the Newmarket Creek bridge. Additional construction will occur around the perimeter of Lake Hampton.


In 2021, the City was awarded $670,695 in SMART SCALE funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation. In addition, the City has submitted an application to the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP); the application is pending. FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides funding to local governments so they can develop and build projects that reduces, or mitigates, future disaster losses in their communities.

Construction is estimated to begin late summer/early fall 2023 on Lake Hampton. Construction is estimated to begin on North Armistead Avenue fall 2024, pending grant awards. Construction will last several years.