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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.


I-64 lane reversal THIS WEEKEND

July 18th, 2013 at 11:56 am by under Traffic

Heads up if you have loved ones visiting Hampton Roads this weekend, or if you are coming back to the area early Sunday morning. State officials are taking part in a partial lane reversal exercise and lane closures could mean delays.

The eastbound lanes of I-64 will be CLOSED from Exit 205 near Richmond to Exit 231 near Williamsburg Sunday, July 21 from about 4:30 to 7 a.m.

Several state agencies (Virginia State Police, Virginia National Guard and the Virginia departments of Emergency Management and Transportation) are involved.

Not only will I-64 EB be closed between exits 205 and 231, the on and off-ramps at exits 211, 214, 220 and 227 will be shut down as well.

Alternates: Traffic will be detoured to U.S. Route 60 EB (Warwick Blvd). The New Kent rest area off I-64 EB will also be closed. I-64 WB traffic will not be affected.

To take a look at live traffic cameras, click here.


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.


Check out travel conditions before you leave the house

March 8th, 2013 at 11:18 am by under Traffic

Our web team has been working so hard to bring this to you, and it’s finally ready.

Click below for a real-time look at road conditions on Hampton Roads’ highways.

http://www.wavy.com/subindex/traffic/traffic_cams

Also on this page, the latest road hazards and accidents from 511 Virginia and the Virginia Department of Transportation. Bridge lift activity is also updated daily and watch for stories that impact your morning and evening commute. You can also access this page from www.wavy.com. Just click on the “Traffic” tab.


Expect delays because of weekend road closures

September 12th, 2012 at 9:58 am by under Traffic

Expect delays traveling to Southside from the Peninsula because of major closures over the next few weekends.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, beginning on Friday, Sept. 14, crews will close multiple lanes at a variety of water crossings. Closures at the Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel eastbound lanes and the Route 17 James River Bridge southbound lanes will be in place until Monday, Sept. 17, at 5 a.m.

VDOT says paving work will close those I-64 EB lanes at the HRBT this weekend as well as for the next THREE weekends.

Drivers should use the Interstate 664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT) as an alternate route. A signed detour will be in place. The following weekends will also have closures:

* Friday, Sept. 14, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Sept. 17, at 5 a.m.
· Friday, Sept. 21, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Sept. 24, at 5 a.m.

· Friday, Sept. 28, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday Oct. 1, at 5 a.m. (Rain Date)

The Route 17 James River Bridge southbound lanes will close for five consecutive weekends so crews can begin replacing the bridge grid deck. Beginning on Friday, Sept. 14, crews will close all southbound lanes. Upon completion of work on the southbound lanes, crews will close the northbound lanes for four consecutive weekends. Motorists are advised to use the MMMBT as an alternate route. The weekend closure schedule is as follows:

· Friday, Sept. 14, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Sept. 17, at 5 a.m.

· Friday, Sept. 21, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Sept. 24, at 5 a.m.

· Friday, Sept. 28, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Oct. 1, at 5 a.m.

· Friday, Oct. 5, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Oct. 8, at 5 a.m.

· Friday, Oct. 12, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Oct.15, at 5 a.m.

This road work will take place, weather permitting.


Downtown & Midtown Tunnel road work

June 26th, 2012 at 5:47 am by under Traffic

If you travel through the Downtown & Midtown Tunnels in the overnight hours, be prepared for some potential delays. VDOT is carrying out road work, what it is calling “unavoidable maintenance activities.”

Midtown Tunnel drivers will see alternating eastbound and westbound closures from Tuesday, June 26 through Thursday, June 28, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. That means one lane will remain open while VDOT crews stop traffic to let the other direction travel through the tube.

The Downtown Tunnel will remain open, with lanes blocked for maintenance in the overnight hours.

I-264 Downtown Tunnel West – Monday, June 25, through Thursday, June 28, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. – alternating lane closures
I-264 Downtown Tunnel West – Monday, June 25, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. – single, right lane closure
I-264 Downtown Tunnel East – Tuesday, June 26, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. – single, right lane closure
I-264 Downtown Tunnel West – Wednesday, June 27, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. – single, left lane closure
I-264 Downtown Tunnel East – Thursday, June 28, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. – single, left lane closure


Lots to choose from this weekend…

June 1st, 2012 at 6:24 am by under Personalities, Traffic

If pirates, planes and patriotism are your thing, you have plenty to keep you entertained this weekend. Be aware, we’re hearing about road closures that could affect your plans. Details below.

HAMPTON
BLACKBEARD PIRATE FESTIVAL STREET CLOSURES
The annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival is this weekend, June 1-3! The following streets will be closed for the event: Queensway from Mill Point Park to King Street will close Friday, June 1 at 5 a.m. Eaton Street from Queensway to Mill Point Drive will close Saturday, June 2 at 5 a.m. Both streets will reopen Sunday, June 3 at 9 p.m. For more information, click here.

VIRGINIA BEACH
PATRIOTIC FESTIVAL
Following is the closure schedule for Saturday and Sunday :
Atlantic Ave. from 17th to 5th Street:
*From 9 a.m.-3:30pm – local through traffic only will be allowed on Atlantic Ave. from 17th to 5th Street
*From 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – no vehicular traffic will be allowed on Atlantic Ave from 17th to 5th street
Click here for more information.
Streets will reopen at approximately 7 p.m.
This time is subject to change depending on crowd size.


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.


Mother’s Day Weekend Closure

May 11th, 2012 at 6:06 am by under Personalities, Traffic

It is going to be a beautiful weekend to enjoy all your outdoor plans. And there are likely many things on the list–Mother’s Day brunch, graduations, festivals. Jeremy says to expect great weather conditions. You can check out his forecast here.

But be aware, another road work project may get in your way. Gilmerton Bridge along Military Highway in Chesapeake closes at 8 o’clock tonight and will reopen by 5 o’clock Monday. The closure is part of the Gilmerton Bridge Replacement Project, which is expected to wrap up in late 2013.

You can use the I-64 High Rise Bridge or the Downtown Tunnel as alternates. Maritime traffic should not be affected.


A Sunday morning closure…and a cancellation

May 3rd, 2012 at 9:12 am by under Personalities, Traffic

Good morning!

The weekend is almost here and VDOT crews are getting ready to get to work.

The High Rise Bridge along I-64 in Chesapeake will be closed in both directions Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Crews will be performing rigging operations on the bridge’s lift span.

Here’s an alternate from VDOT:

You can take I-264 Downtown Tunnel as an alternate route. Look for signs that point the way From I-64 west, drivers should take the Route 17 George Washington Highway exit. Next make a left on George Washington Highway and proceed to Frederick Boulevard. Make a left onto Frederick Boulevard, then take the I-264 east ramp on the right. Proceed on I-264 east, through the Downtown Tunnel. Stay in the right lane and after exiting the tunnel take the I-464 south exit. Follow I-464 south until you reach the I-64 west exit.

From I-64 east take the I- 464 north exit. Follow I-464 north to the I-264 west (Downtown Tunnel) exit. Proceed on I-264 west to the Frederick Boulevard exit. Exit at the bottom of the ramp and stay to the left. Make a left on Route 17 south. Follow Route 17 south to George Washington Highway and make a right. Proceed on George Washington Highway to the I-64 east ramp.

Here’s a cancellation from VDOT:
Previously scheduled work at the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel for the weekends of Friday, May 4, 2012 and Friday, May 11, 2012 has been CANCELLED. Look for the closures at the H.R.B.T. after the Labor Day holiday, Sept. 2, 2012.