Expect nightly intermittent tunnel stoppages for bridge work and tide gate testing

SUFFOLK- The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be performing maintenance at the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) this week that will require intermittent tunnel stoppages during the overnight hours.

Drivers should expect several 20 minute stoppages for bridge work eastbound and westbound Thursday and Friday, April 28-29.

· Thursday, April 28 from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m.
· Friday, April 29 from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m.
· Backup Weather Date: Saturday, April 30 from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m.

VDOT will also be performing routine tide gate testing on Sunday, May 1, 2016 beginning at 2 a.m. Motorists traveling to the HRBT during testing can expect to be stopped for up to one hour. Full directional closures for tide gate testing are as follows:

· 2 a.m. – All eastbound traffic will be stopped.
· 3 a.m. – All westbound traffic will be stopped.

To avoid delays, motorists are encouraged to use the I-664 Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel as an alternate route. VDOT attempts to schedule work during travel periods when traffic volumes are lower, to reduce impacts to motorists.

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.511virginia.org, call 511, download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information. Visit www.VirginiaDOT.org for more information about VDOT’s Hampton Roads tunnel facilities.

Laurie Simmons: 757-925-1647
Emergency/Media Line: 757-925-2584

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