Downtown Tunnel CLOSURESJuly 16th, 2013 at 11:25 am by Cheryl Tan 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.