What’s Happening on the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project?
I-264 West Downtown Tunnel Rehabilitation:
Rehabilitation on the I-264 West Downtown Tunnel began August 9, and is scheduled to continue through spring 2014.
I-264 West Downtown Tunnel closures moved to nightly closures on November 1. The remaining scheduled work for 2013 will close the westbound tunnel nightly with the exception of holidays and special events.
View the updated Tunnel Rehabilitation Fact Sheet
The westbound tunnel will close overnight Friday, Dec. 6 through Monday, Dec. 9 for crews to complete fireproofing activities. All full westbound closures are suspended from Dec. 10 through Jan. 2014.
The I-264 West Downtown Tunnel rehabilitation schedule is as follows:
- Thursday, Dec. 5: Single westbound lane closures, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7: Full westbound closure, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 8 and Monday, Dec. 9: Full westbound tunnel closure, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Concurrent with the full Downtown Tunnel closures westbound, the following ramps from Norfolk will also be closed on Friday and Saturday nights only:
- The on-ramp from City Hall Ave. onto I-264 West to close at 9 p.m.
- The on-ramp from Tidewater Dr. onto I-264 West to close at 9:30 p.m.
The on-ramp from Market Street to I-264 West will remain open for motorists in Norfolk to access I-264 West in order to reach I-464.
Additional Time Needed at Alternate Routes
- High Rise Bridge: up to 30 minutes
- Midtown Tunnel: up to 45 minutes
- Tolled Jordan Bridge: up to 15 minutes
- Gilmerton Bridge: up to 15 minutes
For more information regarding the rehabilitation work, visit the Rehabilitation Work page.The Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project team, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), will continue construction activities on Interstate 264 (I-264) West Downtown Tunnel.
Martin Luther King (MLK) Extension:
Ramp and lane closures:
- Effective as of Nov. 21: the I-264 East Des Moines Ave. off-ramp on I-264 East is closed permanently. This permanent closure was studied and approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and identified as necessary to make the new MLK Extension connector ramps function safely and efficiently. It was initially shared with the public during the May 2011 design public hearings held by VDOT. Motorists will be permanently rerouted to the Effingham St. off-ramp.
- Effective as of Nov. 20: the right lane and right shoulder is closed on I-264 East from Portsmouth Blvd. to just east of Des Moines Ave. This closure will remain in place for up to 18 months.
Construction activities on the Martin Luther King (MLK) Extension began in November. Scheduled work includes widening of roadway and bridges on Interstate 264 (I-264), replacement of the pedestrian bridge over I-264, extension of the MLK Expressway from London Boulevard to I-264 with an interchange at High Street, and aesthetic treatments from Turnpike Road to London Boulevard.
This work will be performed through a series of lane closures, and temporary and permanent I-264 ramp closures.
We want to hear from you
If you have a question regarding the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project, please send us an e-mail or call us at 855-ERT-ROAD.
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