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April 26, 2012



VDOT CLOSING WATER CROSSINGS THIS WEEKEND
Motorists should use detours in place and anticipate delays

SUFFOLK– The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close the southbound lanes of the I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT) for paving operations and the Gilmerton Bridge (Route 13, Military Highway) for construction activities this weekend.

The southbound lanes of the MMMBT, towards Suffolk, will close on Friday, Apr. 27, 2012, at 8 p.m and reopen on Monday, Apr. 30, by 6 a.m. Crews will continue work on the tunnel joint and pavement repair operations.

The Gilmerton Bridge (Route 13, Military Highway) will close to vehicular traffic on Friday, Apr. 27, at 8 p.m. and will reopen on Monday, April 30, by 5 a.m. Contract crews will perform work associated with the Gilmerton Bridge Replacement Project, scheduled for substantial completion in fall 2013.

Next weekend, beginning on Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m., I-64 east bound lanes of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) will be closed for maintenance operations. HRBT eastbound will reopen on Monday, May 7, by 5 a.m. Crews will place new asphalt overlay on the eastbound lanes within the tube of the HRBT. In addition, various traffic safety items will be replaced including, pavement markings. Westbound traffic will not be impacted, and all westbound lanes will be open.

VDOT makes every effort to schedule maintenance operations during periods with the least possible impact to motorists, while maintaining safe and efficient travel conditions throughout the area.  These scheduled maintenance activities are weather dependent. Crews will have detours in place for motorists who need to travel in these areas during the closure.

MMMBT Weekend of Friday, April 27, until Monday, April 30, 2012

The signed detours for I-664 MMMBT south will be as follows:
• From I-64 east approaching I-664 south (Hampton Coliseum), motorists must stay on I-64 east through the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT). Follow I-64 east to I-264 west towards the Downtown Tunnel. Follow I-264 west through the tunnel to the end of the detour at I-664 north/Route 58 west (Bower’s Hill).
• From I-664 south approaching MMMBT (27th street), crews will have a multi-lane closure in place to reroute traffic to I-664 north towards I-64 east (Hampton Coliseum) and the HRBT. From the I-664 south closure motorists will take I-664 east to I-264 west towards the Downtown Tunnel. Follow I-264 west through the tunnel to the end of the detour at I-664 north/Route 58 west (Bower’s Hill).

Please note: The Route 17 James River Bridge is also a suggested alternate route. However, Route 17 traffic is expected to be much higher in volume than normal. Traffic signal timings have been adjusted to compensate for the additional traffic.  Motorists using local streets may experience a longer than usual delay due to the expected higher traffic volumes and increased timing.

Gilmerton Bridge Closure:
• Motorists are encouraged to use the I-64 High Rise Bridge as an alternate route during this weekend bridge closure. The Downtown Tunnel and the I-264 Berkley Bridge are also alternate routes.  Maritime traffic should not be impacted.

HRBT Weekend of Friday, May 4, until Monday, May 7, 2012

The signed detours for I-64 HRBT east will be as follows:
• From I-64 east approaching I-664 south (Hampton Coliseum), motorists must stay on I-664 south through the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel (MMMBT). Follow I-664 south to I-264 east towards the Downtown Tunnel. Follow I-264 east through the tunnel to the end of the detour at I-64 east and I-264 east (Barry Robinson Interchange).
• For motorist staying on I-64 east towards the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, they must exit at Mallory Street then head west on I-64 towards Williamsburg. Follow I-664 south towards the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel (MMMBT) to I-264 east towards the Downtown Tunnel. Follow I-264 east through the tunnel to the end of the detour at I-64 east and I-264 east (Barry Robinson Interchange).

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.511virginia.org , call 511 or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 610 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information.

For additional project information please visit:
http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hampton%20roads/default.asp

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