Nora Jump-Scott 757-925-3606

Ron Watrous 757-925-1660

HR 2021

Aug. 28, 2011

Tunnel is open to all traffic

HAMPTON ROADS — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has opened the Midtown Tunnel to all traffic.  The Midtown Tunnel tide gates were closed on Friday, August 26, at 10 a.m. in preparation for Hurricane Irene.  

Weather effects from the storm, including heavy rains, tidal impacts and storm surge, led to the decision to close the tide gates at the tunnel.  Pumps were deployed prior to the storm to remove water between the tide gates and the open cut to the tunnel.  Pumping began this morning, when rain subsided. Debris removal and facility inspection were complete and the tunnel was opened.  

Currently, all major tunnels and bridges in the Hampton Roads area are open to motorists.  Crews continue to remove debris and downed trees in rural areas.  

For updated travel information:

  • Call 511 or the Hampton Roads Traffic Line at 757-361-3016
  • Highway Helpline at 1-800-367-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)
  •  610 AM Highway Advisory Radio (in Hampton Roads)


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