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May 1, 2012

Recruitment Sessions Prepare Existing Employees

SUFFOLK – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in collaboration with Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC), its private partner on the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/ MLK Extension Project, is conducting recruitment sessions on May 2, and May 3, at VDOT’s State Street facility in Norfolk. These sessions support a transfer assumption of operations and maintenance responsibilities to ERC as early as July 14, and will provide current VDOT employees the opportunity to interview for positions with ERC.

“VDOT has been conducting internal employee briefings about this project since 2007 and these sessions are a continuum of these activities,” said Dennis Heuer, VDOT Hampton Roads District Administrator. “We have been working directly with all current Elizabeth River Tunnel employees to keep them informed and prepared.”

“We hope that current employees will be interested in a position with ERC, and we value their institutional knowledge and experience,” said Greg Woodsmall, Interim CEO of ERC. “As an employer, ERC offers the opportunity for an exciting career with competitive, market-based salaries and benefits, including automatic contributions to a 401K plan and paid holidays.”

ERC will be making independent hiring decisions based upon their assessments of ERT employee qualifications Employment with ERC is contingent upon the successful completion of a e-employment criminal background check and drug screening. ERC will give existing Elizabeth River Tunnels employees priority consideration and will conduct skills assessments during these sessions. ERC is raising public awareness of additional opportunities via job search web sites, and it will participate in external recruiting activities, as needed. Information and application guidance for current job opportunities is available in the Employment & Subcontracting section of

About Elizabeth River Crossings OpCo, LLC (ERC)

ERC is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable law, ERC prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (gender), age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation or any other category protected by federal, state or local laws.

Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, ERC is the private partner of VDOT for the design, construction, finance, operations and maintenance of the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/ MLK Extension Project, valued at $2.1 billion. Located in Norfolk and Portsmouth, the project is comprised of a new two-lane tunnel under the Elizabeth River parallel to the existing Midtown Tunnel; fire, life and safety modifications and upgrades to the existing Midtown Tunnel and Downtown Tunnels; interchange modifications in Norfolk and Portsmouth; and extending the MLK in Portsmouth from London Boulevard to I-264. More information can be found at or


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