Nora Chivers 757-925-3606
Feb. 4, 2011
WESTBOUND CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR THE I-264 DOWNTOWN TUNNEL BEGINNING FEBRUARY 18
Motorists should use alternate routes: I-464, I-64 High Rise Bridge and the Midtown Tunnel
NORFOLK – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will close the I-264 Downtown Tunnel, westbound, for six consecutive weekends to remove over 3000 ceiling panels. The eastbound tunnel is not affected and will remain open to vehicular traffic.
The tunnel ceiling panels and hanger system are inspected regularly and many panels have been replaced since their installation. In mid-2010, the ceiling panels were thoroughly evaluated because they were nearing the end of their life expectancy. The evaluation resulted in a recommendation to remove the ceiling panels before they present a safety concern.
The ceiling panel removal project requires complete closure of the westbound Downtown Tunnel to safely perform this maintenance activity. All removal operations will occur during periods with the least possible impact to motorists, while maintaining safe and efficient travel conditions throughout the area. The closures will occur over six consecutive weekends beginning February 18, 2011.
The I-264 westbound Downtown Tunnel will close at 7 p.m. on Fridays and reopen at 5 a.m. on Mondays, the following weekends:
2/18 through 2/21 2/25 through 2/28
3/4 through 3/7 3/11 through 3/14
3/18 through 3/21 3/25 through 3/28
VDOT has initiated an aggressive public awareness campaign, including traffic sponsorships on local radio stations, billboards at both west- and eastbound tunnel portals, and on-line banner announcements. The public awareness campaign begins February 6, and will run until the project is complete.
For additional project information, please visit: http://www.virginiadot.org/ projects/ hamptonroads/downtown_tunnel_ceiling_panel_removal_project.asp
Editor’s Note: VDOT will conduct interviews beginning Tuesday, February 8, 2011.
A Media Availabilityis planned at the Downtown Tunnel on Friday, February 18, 2011
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