Zone Parking Set to Begin March 15 Zone parking is set to begin in all Newport News Shipbuilding-owned lots. Photo by Lena Wallace

Zone Parking Set to Begin March 15

Published February 23, 2021

Zone parking will begin in all company-owned lots beginning Monday, March 15.

With the current open-parking system, shipbuilders as well as contractors, sailors and government personnel are able to park in any Newport News Shipbuilding parking lot.

Although the open parking system is working now, NNS is preparing for an influx of people – including contractors, sailors and government personnel tied to USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) when the aircraft carriers arrive later this year. Moving to the zone-based system will ensure NNS shipbuilders have adequate parking, especially those who are required to report to the shipyard every day.

The majority of NNS’ workforce will be assigned to Zones A and B, which will be located in various areas across the shipyard. Several of the zones created prior to COVID-19 will remain, including Zones 1, 2, 4 and 11. Contractors and leased employees as well as oversized vehicles will be required to park in Zone C, located at Hidens off Warwick Boulevard. Sailors and government personnel will be required to park in areas assigned to the government and U.S. Navy.

“Everyone who qualifies for Zone A or B will get a new hangtag. Zone C does not require a hangtag,” said Andrew Dowd, a member of the NNS parking team. “We’re streamlining parking to maximize capacity.”

The requirement for a group rider will change from two employees per vehicle to three. Group riders will be assigned to Zone A. When members of the group commute individually, they will park in Zone C.

To ensure employee safety, those who park in Zone C are encouraged use the company’s shuttle services.

Over the next few weeks, employees will begin to see new parking signage in company parking lots. However, open parking will remain in effect through Sunday, March 14.

For additional information regarding the new zone system, review the one-pager, frequently asked questions and parking map at A video highlighting changes is also available on MyNNS.