Downtown Tunnel Closures: What You Need to Know

October 25th, 2013 at 5:30 am by under 10 On Your Side, Traffic

Wondering about closures in the I-264 WB tube of the Downtown Tunnel? Read on. The entire schedule is below.

For the last several weekends, drivers have had to find an alternate to I-264 WB at the Downtown Tunnel to get to Portsmouth. Those drivers traveled instead through the Midtown Tunnel, the I-64 High Rise Bridge, or maybe even paid the toll and crossed the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge. Get ready for more changes at the Downtown Tunnel and at the alternates through the end of the year.

Starting this weekend, the Virginia Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project team, will essentially close the WB tube seven nights a weeks, with some exceptions. VDOT says it’s responding to concerns about lost revenue for Portsmouth businesses.

So here are the changes:

The I-264 WB tube of the Downtown Tunnel will close 26 nights during the week and weekends with the exception of holidays and special events. The tunnel will be opened during the day and early evening hours throughout weekdays and the weekends.

The weekend changes begin THIS WEEKEND, October 25, 2013. I-264 WB will close at 8 p.m. and reopen by 8 a.m. weekends.

The weekday overnight closures begin on November 3, 2013. I-264 WB will close at 8 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m. weekdays.

The I-264 WB tube will close during the weeknights 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and weekend nights 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. through the rest of the year.

Detours:
I-64 High Rise Bridge
Midtown Tunnel
South Norfolk Jordan Bridge (tolled road)

For our extensive coverage on the closures at the Downtown Tunnel, click here.

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2 Responses to “Downtown Tunnel Closures: What You Need to Know”

  1. concerned taxpayer says:

    Why are all the taxpayers now footing an extra $4 million bill for the benefit of a few businesses that don’t even want or appreciate this additional expense. If the businesses give people a reason to go, people will find a way around a detour. That’s the point of a capitalist society. The government, or taxpayers in this case, shouldn’t have to pay more for the benefit of a few businesses.

  2. Karl Davis says:

    Signage shows tunnel will close at 8 PM. most often they close at 7:30. Why? and also why cant they leave the berkly bridge open so we can use I 464?

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