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March 7, 2013

Elizabeth River Crossings Prepared to Close Midtown Tunnel Thursday Morning
High Tides Combined with High Winds Could Trigger Closure

Norfolk, VA – — Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC) continues to closely monitor weather conditions and tidal forecasts for potential impacts to the Midtown Tunnel in Norfolk. Expected tide levels for Thursday morning, combined with high winds and residual water could require crews at the Midtown Tunnel to lower the tide gate in order to prevent its flooding.

The next high tide cycle will be at 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning. ERC crews will remain on standby to lower the tide gate ahead of high tide if flood conditions become likely.

Drivers are encouraged to monitor conditions through the media, and if the Midtown Tunnel closes, use alternate routes and expect delays in Norfolk and Portsmouth.

For current information about weather-related and other roadway closures, please visit, call 511 or listen to VDOT’s Highway Advisory Radio station, (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information.

Headquartered in Portsmouth, 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. For more information on the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project, visit Follow us on Twitter at


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