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April 18, 2012



VDOT WILL CLOSE MULTIPLE FACILITIES FOR MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS
Motorists should use detours in place and anticipate delays

SUFFOLK– The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close multiple lanes at a variety of water crossings over the next two weekends. Both the I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT) southbound, and all lanes of the I-64 High Rise Bridge, will have lane closures this weekend for maintenance operations.

The I-664 MMMBT southbound lanes, towards Suffolk, will close on Friday, Apr. 20, at 8 p.m. and reopen on Monday, Apr. 23, by 6 a.m., for tunnel joint and pavement repair. Crews will close all lanes of the I-64 High Rise Bridge, Sunday, Apr. 22, 2012, at 6:30 a.m. The closure will last approximately four hours. During this time crews will be installing a reconditioned motor.

All lanes of the Gilmerton Bridge (Route 13, Military Highway) and the I-64 east bound lanes of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) will be closed the weekend of April 27 for maintenance operations. Both of these facilities will close 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. This is the third of four Gilmerton Bridge Replacement Project weekend closures planned. During that same weekend, 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.

All maintenance operations will occur 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 closures.

Weekend of Friday, April 20, until Monday, April 23, 2012

The detour for the I-64 High Rise Bridge is as follows:
From I-64 west, motorists should take the Route 17 George Washington Highway exit.  Next make a left on George Washington Highway and proceed to Frederick Boulevard. Make a left onto Frederick Boulevard, then take the I-264 east ramp on the right. Proceed on I-264 east, through the Downtown Tunnel. Stay in the right lane and after exiting the tunnel take the I-464 south exit. Follow I-464 south until you reach the I-64 west exit.

From I-64 east take the I- 464 north exit. Follow I-464 north to the I-264 west (Downtown Tunnel) exit. Proceed on I-264 west to the Frederick Boulevard exit. Exit at the bottom of the ramp and stay to the left. Make a left on Route 17 south. Follow Route 17 south to George Washington Highway and make a right. Proceed on George Washington Highway to the I-64 east ramp.    

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 and that the traffic signal timings have been adjusted to compensate for the additional traffic.  Local and side-street traffic may experience a longer than usual delay due to the expected higher traffic volumes and increased timing.

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

The signed detours for Gilmerton Closure will be as follows:
• 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.

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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