Elizabeth River Tunnels: News and Updates
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July 2015
Elizabeth River Tunnels Project Monthly Update


Travel Impacts


The Downtown Tunnel eastbound to Norfolk closure schedule is as follows:
  • Full direction weekend closures:
    • July 31-Aug. 3: Closed Friday at 8 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.
    • Aug. 7-10: Closed Friday at 8 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.
  • Single lane closures:
    • Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 4-6 from 8 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning.
There are no scheduled closures at the Downtown Tunnel westbound to Portsmouth. 



U.S. 58 Midtown Tunnel: Alternating lane closures Monday through Thursday, Aug. 3-6 from 9 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning for drain inspection and cleaning.
 
U.S. 58 West: Right lane closed between Hampton Boulevard and the Midtown Tunnel inspection station Monday through Friday, Aug. 3-7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.




Portsmouth:
  • I-264 East/Portsmouth Boulevard:
    • Full closure from Portsmouth Boulevard to the Downtown Tunnel Friday and Saturday, July 31 and Aug. 1 from 8 p.m. each night until 8 a.m. the following morning.
    • Full closure from Portsmouth Boulevard to the Downtown Tunnel Sunday Aug. 2 from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning.
  • I-264 West/Effingham Street:
    • Full intermittent traffic stoppages from Effingham Street to Frederick Boulevard Friday and Saturday, July 31 and Aug. 1 from 8 p.m. each night until 8 a.m. the following morning.
    • Full intermittent traffic stoppages from Effingham Street to Frederick Boulevard Sunday Aug. 2 from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning.
  • Frederick Boulevard: Southbound lanes closed between Deep Creek Road and Turnpike Road Monday through Friday, Aug. 3-7 from 9 p.m. each night until 4 a.m. the following morning.
  • Des Moines Avenue (near I-264 overpass):
    • Full nightly closure Friday through Sunday, July 31-Aug. 2 from 9 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning.
    • Intermittent flagging operations Monday through Friday, Aug. 3-7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
  • Columbus Avenue (North): Intermittent flagging operations from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.
  • South Street: Intermittent flagging operations from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.
  • High Street: Single lane closure east and westbound between Confederate and Constitution avenues.
  • Queen Street: Closed at the intersection of Queen Street and Harbor Drive. 
Long-term temporary closures include:
  • Frederick Boulevard, north and southbound left lanes for pile driving and storm drainage construction through the fall.
  • I-264 East Frederick Boulevard off-ramp.
  • One lane in each direction of I-264 near Frederick Boulevard.
  • Portions of Trexler Avenue, King Street, County Street, and Meander Road.
  • Intermittent closures of Turnpike Road between Confederate and Constitution Avenues.
Visit the Travel Impacts page for more information.
 

Construction Milestones

Midtown Tunnel Construction


Crews placed and fully lowered the final tunnel element of the new Midtown Tunnel at the Norfolk Approach.

Marine Work
The Project team reached a major construction milestone for the new Midtown Tunnel this month with the immersion of the last tunnel element, connecting the shorelines of Portsmouth and Norfolk.
 
The Project’s design-build contractor, SKW Constructors (a joint venture of Skanska, Kiewit, and Weeks Marine), used the large, specially-designed pontoon-style boat (known as a lay barge) to move tunnel Element 11 into position in the Elizabeth River and lower it into the prepared river bed. Immersion of the individual tunnel elements that make up the new Midtown Tunnel began in Portsmouth, with Elements 1-10 immersed sequentially in the river. Element 11 connects the Norfolk shoreline to the rest of the new tunnel. In the coming months, crews will continue outfitting the tunnel interior and backfilling the tunnel sections in the river.


Tunnel Interior Work

Crews are currently working to complete the permanent connections between the tunnel elements. In the coming months, crews will install fire protection boards on the tunnel ceiling and walls, complete ballast concrete pours, top slabs in the egress corridors and roadways, and install permanent electrical and mechanical equipment.

Portsmouth and Norfolk Approaches 

Portsmouth
Construction of the Portsmouth Boat Section Tunnel Support Building continues with the addition of roof slabs and walls, with brick façade work scheduled soon. Crews continue planning the installation of electrical and mechanical equipment which will provide power, communications and emergency water for the tunnel. 



The Norfolk Approach takes shape as the Project team continues work on the Boat Section.

Norfolk

Construction of the Norfolk Boat Section progresses with the placement of one additional invert, a concrete mat and three walls. Backfilling behind the cut-and-cover walls and on top of the cut-and-cover section is also underway. 

The foundation for the Norfolk Tunnel Support Building is now taking shape. Utility conduits are being placed in the fill on top of the cut-and-cover section, which will form the building’s foundation. 


I-264 Downtown Tunnel Rehabilitation


Crews install conduit outside the I-264 East Downtown Tunnel.
 
At the I-264 East Downtown Tunnel, conduit and cabinet foundation work for the new ITS system continues. Jet fan installation is complete and crews are now focused on installing the new AM/FM and Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) lines. On the tunnel wall, installation of new LED lighting is underway.


Martin Luther King (MLK) Extension


Crews pour first concrete over Frederick BoulevardThe 190-foot span between each side of the interstate will require a total of seven concrete pours. 

Work along the main alignment in Portsmouth is moving forward as crews place steel girders and decking in various locations. Concrete pours on bridge decks have begun and construction of footers, columns and caps are ongoing along the Harbor corridor in addition to pile driving operations.
 
New asphalt has been placed for widening along I-264 West between Des Moines Avenue and Fredrick Boulevard. Crews are working on the build-up and grading of the new ramp between London Boulevard and Queen Street (near Harbor Drive).
 
To accommodate construction and future traffic on the MLK Extension, several ramps and roads have been permanently or temporarily closed.
 
Permanent closures include:
  • I-264 East Des Moines Avenue off-ramp
  • I-264 West South Street on-ramp
  • Harbor Drive
Temporary closures include:
  • I-264 East Frederick Boulevard off-ramp
  • Portions of Trexler Avenue, King Street, County Street and Meander Road
  • One lane on either side of I-264 near Frederick Boulevard has been closed for construction
Motorists are advised to follow the signed detours in the City of Portsmouth to navigate around the closures.
 
Learn more on the MLK Page of DriveERT.com. 

 

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