Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel Joint Repair
Project at a Glance
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Crews completed repairs to the concrete slabs leading into the north and south bound tunnels, as well as the needed repairs to the expansion and
contraction joints. On all four open cut sections, crews removed the asphalt and concrete slabs, cleaned and resealed the joints, and repaved and restriped the roadway. This first phase of the project was completed in May 2012, on-time and within budget.
At this time, VDOT is collaborating with national bridge-tunnel experts to develop mid- and long-range mitigation strategies to reduce, capture, and divert seeping water away from the pavement and walls of the tunnel entrances. Interim pavement improvements installed in February and March 2013 appear to be temporarily satisfactory as seepage conditions at the tunnel open cuts have improved. VDOT crews continue to monitor the situation regularly to avoid emergency peak-hour delays. A more intensive investigative testing in and around the tunnel entrances has begun to better identify the specific nature of the seeping water in order to develop the most cost effective and efficient permanent repair(s).
Recent Media Coverage
January 20, 2013