Elizabeth River Tunnels: News and Updates
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February 2016
Elizabeth River Tunnels Project Monthly Update

Travel Impacts

I-264 West full tunnel closures:
  • Monday, Feb. 29 from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning.
  • Friday, Mar. 4 from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning. 
I-264 East full tunnel closure: Tuesday, Mar. 1 from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning.
I-264 West: Tunnel open with a single lane closure Tuesday through Thursday, Mar. 1-3 from 8 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning.
I-264 East: Tunnel open with a single lane closure Wednesday and Thursday, Mar. 2 and 3 from 8 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning.

Tunnel open with intermittent stops:
  • Sunday, Feb. 28 from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, Mar. 3 and 4 from 9 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning. 
U.S. 58 East: Single lane closure in Norfolk just after exiting the Midtown Tunnel Monday through Friday, Feb. 29 – Mar. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
U.S. 58 West: Single lane closure on the Hampton Boulevard ramp to Brambleton Avenue Monday through Friday, Feb. 29 – Mar. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
U.S. 58 West: Single lane closure from Redgate Avenue to before the Midtown Tunnel approach Monday through Friday, Feb. 29 – Mar. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

No closures scheduled.

Visit the Travel Impacts page for more information.

Construction Milestones

New Midtown Tunnel Construction

An aerial view of the Norfolk Approach of the new Midtown Tunnel.

Tunnel Interior

Crews are busy inside the new Midtown Tunnel, with work progressing along the new roadway as well as the egress and utility corridors. Installation of electrical conduits and cabinets in the corridor and roadway are complete, while mechanical work continues on the tunnel deluge system, fire mains and pump station.
Work continues on the concrete topping slab, which is the final concrete placed to create a smooth profile before final asphalt is laid on the tunnels’ new roadway surface. Vehicular safety barriers on either side of the tunnel’s internal roadway and the raised maintenance walkway are beginning to take shape.

Portsmouth and Norfolk Approaches

Brick veneer wraps the side of the new Norfolk Approach Support Building.

Portsmouth Tunnel Support Building construction is almost complete. Electrical switchgear panels, uninterrupted power service panels and transfer switches were installed on the first and second floors. The standby generator, which will provide backup power to the tunnel, was also installed outside the building this month.

At the Norfolk Approach, Boat Section construction is nearly complete. The remaining work will finish the crossover section between the new and existing Midtown Tunnels. This crossover will provide a means to divert traffic between the east and westbound tunnels in the event of a roadway emergency.

Construction of the Norfolk Tunnel Support Building and tide gate building is moving along quickly.  Masons are placing brick veneer, mechanics are installing water mains, pipes and pumps, and electricians continue installing electrical conduits inside and outside the building. Contractors will soon begin moving the mechanical equipment for raising and lowering the tide gate.

Marine Work

The marine portion of the new Midtown Tunnel is now complete and crews are currently demobilizing marine equipment. Backfill operations and shoreline restoration is also complete.

Learn more about the construction of the new tunnel on our Midtown Tunnel page

Martin Luther King (MLK) Extension

Foundations for new architectural panels line the new bridge at High Street.

Construction of the Martin Luther King (MLK) Extension has reached several milestones since January. Portsmouth residents may notice the newly installed foundations for architectural panels that will soon be mounted under the bridge at High Street and Turnpike Road.
Pile driving operations were completed on the Project this month with the last pile being installed at the I-264 widening over the N&P Beltline Railroad. Crews also began foundation construction for new sound walls.
At the I-264 westbound bridge over Des Moines Avenue, crews have removed the existing bridge parapet to allow for widening and have constructed new abutments and installed girders to expand the existing bridge deck. Only one span of girders remains for installation on the Project near Turnpike Road. Those concrete girders have already been fabricated and will be shipped to the Project site in a few weeks.  
Near Frederick Boulevard, embankment construction has begun for the ramp that will eventually take motorists from I-264 East to MLK North. South of I-264, crews placed base asphalt for the future MLK Extension ramp which will carry traffic from MLK Extension South onto I-264 East. 

Learn more on the MLK Page of DriveERT.com. 

I-264 Downtown Tunnel Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation of the I-264 Downtown Tunnels is nearly complete within each of the tubes. Final punch list items and inspections are occurring during several night time closures through April.
For more information about tunnel rehabilitation, including current closures and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the Rehabilitation page.


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