Downtown Tunnel CLOSURES

July 16th, 2013 at 11:25 am by under 10 On Your Side, News, Personalities, Traffic

This is not going to be good news for my co-workers heading to work at the WAVY-TV 10 studios in Portsmouth.

Starting August 9, the westbound tube of the Downtown Tunnel will be CLOSING on the weekends, from 8 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, pretty much through to next spring. And beginning August 5th, look for lane closures overnight from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m.

That means those of us coming from Norfolk, Chesapeake or Virginia Beach into Portsmouth will have to find an alternate.

Why is this happening? Elizabeth River Crossings is starting rehab work in the westbound tube starting in August, which is designed to make it safer and more energy-efficient.

No doubt, we’ll bring you more details in the coming weeks, but be prepared for added congestion at the Downtown Tunnel’s alternates: the Midtown Tunnel, the I-64 High Rise Bridge, or Military Highway at the Gilmerton Bridge. The situation might compel some drivers to use the tolled South Norfolk Jordan Bridge.

Exact dates of the work are listed here at the ERC website. Just be aware the westbound tube of the Downtown Tunnel will be CLOSED most of the weekends (with the exception of holidays and some other events) until the spring of 2014.

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2 Responses to “Downtown Tunnel CLOSURES”

  1. Bill Mathus says:

    Another option that was successfully done during repaving of the tunnel in 2000 would be to single-lane, each way the remaining tunnel. It might be slow going but would avoid detours.

  2. Barika Jones says:

    I would just like to request some re-planning of the ramp closures to keep people out of the tunnel. I live in the Berkley area in Norfolk and when Im going home from other parts of Norfolk, I normally get on the ramp at Tidewater drive. Why is that ramp closed when it leads to more than just the tunnel? The detour leads to waterside drive, and so I thought I could just get right back on on the next street beside the jail, but no, that was closed as well! This is very inconveniencing and it shouldnt be for those who dont even have to use the tunnel!

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