Elizabeth River Crossing: News and Updates

October 2012
Elizabeth River Tunnels Project Monthly Update

ERC readies the Elizabeth River Tunnels for Sandy

At press time, the Elizabeth River Crossings team is staging equipment and making advance preparations to protect the Midtown Tunnel from possible flooding in association with Hurricane Sandy and the heavy rains and rising tides expected to arrive with the storm. Motorists are encouraged to monitor conditions through the media and when possible, refrain from travel during the storm. For current information about weather-related and other roadway closures, please visit www.511virginia.org, call 511 or listen to VDOT’s Highway Advisory Radio station, (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information.  

New Year brings a new route to the Elizabeth River Trail

Safely building the Elizabeth River Tunnels project requires rerouting a portion of the Elizabeth River Trail. The alternate route is comprised of Redgate Avenue, Stockley Gardens, Olney Road and Botetourt Street, which will receive approximately $100,000 worth of permanent improvements beginning in November 2012. The trail closure begins in January, just southwest of Olney Road and stretches 0.4 miles to south Plum Point Park. For more information about the trail reroute and a map of the alternate path, visit http://driveert.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ERC_TrailClosure102312a.pdf.  

Water line installation begins

Construction crews will begin mobilizing in Norfolk next month to install a new 36-inch water line between Norfolk and Portsmouth. The water line will be placed south of the existing Midtown Tunnel and will provide the fire protection system for the new and existing Midtown tubes. The work begins in November and is slated for completion in spring 2013. 

A look ahead at construction and maintenance work for the downtown and midtown tunnels

No Midtown or Downtown Tunnel closures are scheduled in November; however sweeping, washing and lighting maintenance may create mobile operations and rolling slowdowns. For a complete look at all roadway activities that may impact your commute visit VDOT’s travel center at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/travel_alerts/default.asp

Safety isn’t an option – it’s the only option

Safety is the number one priority for employees working on the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project – is it a priority for you? This month make it a point to refresh yourself with tips for staying safe on the road this winter. Some things to remember:
  • Ensure you have good tires with appropriate tread before snow and ice appear.
  • Keep your car clean – dirty windows can impede visibility.
  • Accelerate slowly to keep your tires from spinning.
  • Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you in case you need to brake suddenly.
  • Drive for conditions – sometimes weather or congestion can dictate speed, even if that is slower than the posted speed limit.
  • Pay attention! Avoid texting, applying make-up or other distractions while driving.

Connect with us

Project information is available at www.DriveERT.com. For questions or comments contact us at info@DriveERT.com.
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).