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Dec. 7, 2012


Norfolk, VA – Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC) and its design-build contractor, SKW will begin improvement work next week to several Norfolk city streets that will encompass the temporary rerouting of a section of the Elizabeth River Trail.

Crews will begin placing signs Monday, Dec. 10, giving 48-hour notice of parking restrictions.
The existing trail section between Warrington Avenue and Plum Park is slated to close mid-January and will remained closed through the Project’s completion in fall 2016.

The reroute is comprised of Redgate Avenue, Stockley Gardens, Olney Road and Botetourt Street. Approximately $100,000 worth of permanent improvements will be made, including new-and-improved sidewalks with ADA ramps, an asphalt path, crosswalks, signage, and a future loop to the existing trail.

Work begins on Botetourt Street and will continue along the reroute toward Redgate Avenue in approximate 3-4 day intervals. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and no night work or lane closures are planned.

“Rerouting the trail is essential to allow construction to safely proceed on the new Midtown Tunnel,” said Dallas Marlow, ERC Construction Director. “Our teams are working with the city to ensure the reroute will limit impact to residents, pedestrians and commuters.”

When the trail reopens between Warrington and Plum Park, a portion will be permanently widened from 11 to 14 feet, and the pedestrian crossing will be replaced with a 14-foot trestle bridge.
To view a map of the Elizabeth River Trail and the upcoming reroute, visit

Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, Elizabeth River Crossings OpCo, LLC, is the private partner of the Virginia Department of Transportation for the design, construction, finance, operations and maintenance of the Elizabeth River Tunnels (Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/MLK Extension) Project, valued at $2.1 billion. Located in Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia, 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

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