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Downtown Tunnel Rehabilitation

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  Project Description: As part of the Mid-town Tunnel, MLK Expansion, and Downtown Tunnel Rehabilitation project, there will be full overnight closures of westbound I-264 at the Downtown Tunnel (heading from Norfolk to Portsmouth) from August 9 through summer 2014.  Eastbound full and single lane closures will follow immediately thereafter. Because these closures greatly impact residents, businesses, visitors, and motorists, this web site has been created to provide details, updates, and contacts. 

Start Date:  August 2013

End Date: 
Summer 2014

Project Details
Elizabeth River Crossings has started rehabilitation of the Interstate 264 (I-264) Downtown Tunnel (DTT) westbound tube.   This work requires complete tunnel closures over multiple evenings to safely complete the work as noted in the below table. Following westbound Downtown Tunnel rehabilitation, work will follow on the eastbound Downtown Tunnel  with similar eastbound weekend closures, and lastly on the existing Midtown Tunnel after the new Midtown Tunnel tube is completed. 

Traffic Plans
Off-duty Norfolk Police will be in place on city streets to assist with traffic along alternate routes. A map view of Norfolk routes is available here and below.

Motorists on I-264 should stay on the interstate and follow the posted detour route*. The following ramps will be closed to facilitate this movement on Friday and Saturday night only:
  • from City Hall Avenue eastbound onto west I-264
  • from Tidewater Drive southbound onto west I-264

The ramp from Market Street at Saint Paul's Boulevard will remain open. Off-duty Norfolk Police officers will be positioned at key intersections to assist motorists. 

*Please note,  the city's Brambleton Avenue Improvement Project is underway and traffic has been reduced to two lanes in each direction between Duke Street and Colley Avenue. 

Route 45 bus service from Norfolk to Portsmouth will use the Midtown Tunnel during the weekend closures.  Hampton Roads Transit advises that no bus stops are affected.  

Current Schedule
All closures Sunday night through Friday morning will begin at 8:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 a.m.   Friday night and Satruday night closure will  begin at 8 p.m and end at 8 a.m.  The detour and alternate routes for the full closures will be established and detailed signs will be in place.  Norfolk, VDOT, and Elizabeth River Tunnels project staff have worked to mitigate traffic concerns.   Visit the Travel Impacts page on for schedule updates.

Community Outreach
Elizabeth River Tunnels hosted public meetings so citizens could view design concepts for the rehabilitation of the westbound Downtown Tunnel and to learn more about the improvements to the tunnel, scheduled closures, alternate routes and other information.  Radio, print, and television ads and reports are also being implemented to publicize the closures and detour.  

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