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


Travel Impacts



I-264 East: Single lane closure near Effingham Street exit Monday and Tuesday, May 2 and 3 from 8 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning.
 
I-464 North/I-264 West: Full ramp closure Monday through Thursday, May 2-5 from 8 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning.
 
I-264 East/I-464 South: Full ramp closure Monday through Thursday, May 2-5 from 8 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning.




U.S. 58 East/West:
  • Alternating lane closures Sunday, May 1 from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Alternating lane closures Monday through Friday, May 2-6 from 8 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning.
Hampton Boulevard/Brambleton Avenue: Ramp single lane closure from Monday, May 2 at 9 a.m. through Friday, May 6 at 3 p.m. for 24 hours a day.

U.S. 58 West entrance to the Midtown Tunnel from Hampton Boulevard: Access to the Midtown Tunnel directly from Hampton Boulevard will be closed nightly, Monday through Friday, May 2-6 from 8 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning. Traffic approaching the Midtown Tunnel from Hampton Boulevard will be detoured to Redgate Avenue and back to the Midtown Tunnel via the Brambleton Avenue ramp.




I-264 West: Single lane closure between Des Moines Avenue and Frederick Boulevard on Sunday, May 1 from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning.
 
I-264 East/West: Single lane closure in each direction between Frederick Boulevard and the Downtown Tunnel Monday through Thursday, May 2-6 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning.


Visit the Travel Impacts page for more information.
 

Construction Milestones

New Midtown Tunnel Construction


Jet fans and dynamic message signs are installed on the tunnel ceiling.

Inside the new Midtown Tunnel, work is moving forward on all parts of the roadway and corridor from the boat section in Portsmouth through the tunnel and into the boat section in Norfolk, as well as in the two Tunnel Support Buildings at the approaches. Jet fan installation is almost finished along with the installation of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) items such as lane use signals and dynamic message signs.
 
Crews continue lighting installation in the roadway and egress corridor and are finishing the fixed fire suppression system as well as the installation of roadside fire department hose connections. Fire detection and alarm devices, air quality monitoring systems and tunnel emergency telephones are also being installed throughout the tunnel. Testing of these systems is scheduled to begin early this summer.


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

Norfolk and Portsmouth Approaches


Base asphalt is placed on the Claremont Avenue ramp.

Crews are now testing electrical equipment at the Portsmouth Tunnel Support Building. Along the boat section, light poles are being installed. SKW is preparing to install the crossover roadway between the new and existing Midtown Tunnels.
 
At the Norfolk Approach on U.S. 58 West, the new truck inspection station has been installed and crews are now installing traffic control devices, which will be used to redirect overheight trucks. The Project team has been busy placing base asphalt up to the boat section and along the Claremont Avenue ramp. The final layer of asphalt is expected to be placed late in May to complete the approach roadways.
 
 

I-264 Downtown Tunnel Rehabilitation


A look at the new suspended ceiling installed inside the tunnel control room.

Rehabilitation of the I-264 Downtown Tunnels from portal to portal has been completed and the remaining work on the Norfolk and Portsmouth approaches is nearing completion. Roadside and ITS traffic devices are undergoing the final stages of testing. The Downtown Tunnel Control Room is being renovated and will become the primary control room for the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels. The Control room renovation is expected to be complete in the next few months.

For more information about tunnel rehabilitation, including current closures and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the Rehabilitation page.
 

Martin Luther King (MLK) Extension


Crews coat structural steel with a three-layer protective material.
 
At the Martin Luther King (MLK) Extension, the I-264 West bridge widening over N&P Belt Line Railroad continues this month. Crews placed the first deck segment this month over the ramp that will carry motorists from the southbound MLK Extension to I-264 West.
 
Crews have also been busy widening the I-264 East bridge over Des Moines Avenue – deck bridge pours continue on the section of the ramp that will eventually move traffic from I-264 East northbound on the new MLK Extension.  To date, crews have completed more than half of the concrete deck placements for the elevated roadway and expect to finish concrete work this summer.

At the mainline, deck placement work continues with sections over High Street now placed as the work moves towards Turnpike Road. All structural steel is being coated with a three-layer protective material to withstand the elements.

 
Learn more on the MLK Page of DriveERT.com. 

 

Connect With Us

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To report an incident or maintenance issue at the Elizabeth River Tunnels, call our 24-hour hotline at 1-855-ERT-ROAD (1-855-378-7623). 

 
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