Weekend bridge closures

May 18th, 2012 at 5:26 am by under Personalities, Traffic

Look for some major closures this weekend, but the good news is the roadways won’t be shut down the entire time.

Tide gate testing is set for the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Saturday, May 19 from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. The Virginia Department of Transportation tests the tide gates at the I-64 HRBT every six months, generally prior to and just after the hurricane season.

Drivers should expect traffic stops of up to 30 minutes as each gate (I-64 EB & WB) is tested. During this test, the tide gates will be lowered and raised giving crews an opportunity to examine the functionality of the system and the roadway drain valves.

You can use the Monitor Merrimac as an alternate.

VDOT will also close the Interstate 264 Berkley Bridge, westbound only, Sunday, May 20, from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for grid-deck lock bar maintenance. Eastbound traffic is not impacted by the closure.

Detour signs will be in place during the Berkley Bridge closure, or you can take the Route 58 Midtown Tunnel as an alternate.

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3 Responses to “Weekend bridge closures”

  1. scott says:

    I know this question is not about weekend closures, but can you tell me if the west bound HRBT was backed up last night between 10 PM and 12AM? Thank you.

  2. Margaret Chewning says:

    We returned from a week’s trip out west to the Richmond airport with the intention of driving from Richmond to home late on Saturday night, when as it turns out VDOT closed two crossings to the southside. (we live on Willoughby Spit) Having seen the signs saying the “HRBT was closed eastbound from Friday 9:00pm to Monday 5:00am” on the way down I-64 we were a bit perturbed; we tried the James River Bridge which was closed, then tried to access the I-664 south bound at Warrick when we noted there was a sign stating “no delay on the HRBT”. After a few choice words, my husband took I-664 north and we crossed the HRBT about 1:30am on Sunday morning without a hitch.
    All this after a long flight to Richmond then an unnecessary delay of 1.5 hours wandering around Newport News trying to get home which was less than 10 miles away but across a river.
    I don’t know why the crews were not working during the time we crossed, but the signage could have been corrected to when they stopped working to allow some relief on the traffic jam that occured. We were lucky when we took a chance, but many others were not so lucky.

  3. Barbara Steider says:

    I thought I read in the Gazette Journal that the Coleman Bridge would be closed on

    Sunday ,April 21st. Was I mistaken?

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