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Downtown tunnel will remain open this Friday and Saturday night




Heads up, Checkered Flag fans!  We?ve got an important traffic update from our friends at The Virginian-Pilot that could affect your weekend plans.  And, this time, it?s good news!

NORFOLK

Work on the Interstate 264 Downtown Tunnel scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights has been canceled because of material delays and weather, according to Elizabeth River Crossings.

The full overnight closures will resume Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., according to a news release. Overnight closures are also scheduled on April 11th and 12th.

Work on the westbound side…
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I-264 closure this afternoon

Virginia 511 is reporting all 5 lanes of I-264 Eastbound at Mile Marker 14 (between Newtown and Witchduck Roads) in Virginia Beach are closed due to an accident.  There is currently a 2 and a half mile backup.  2:45 pm 3/25
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Road work could affect your commute over next weeks

Heads up, Checkered Flag fans!  There are two traffic updates from our friends at The Virginian-Pilot that could affect your commute in the coming weeks.

PORTSMOUTH

This weekend, crews will begin paving a section of High Street between Jamestown Avenue and Chestnut.

The project is needed because of some surface issues that have to be corrected quickly, city officials said in a news release.

One lane will remain open in each direction. If weather holds up, the project will be done in two weeks, the release said.


VIRGINIA BEACH

Nimmo Parkway's eastbound lanes will be closed for construction between…
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Downtown Tunnel closures resume

Heads up, Checkered Flag fans!  The holiday season is over.  Unfortunately, that means Downtown Tunnel closures are back in full gear.

Starting tonight, the westbound side of the Downtown Tunnel between Norfolk and Portsmouth will be closed nightly from 8p.m. to 5a.m. the next morning. 

The closures will continue until this summer, except on weekends that include holidays and special events.

The eastbound side will remain open.

Info source: [pilotonline.com]

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Second Midtown Tunnel tube construction is underway




There's exciting news for those of us that often travel through Portsmouth and Norfolk.  The second tube of the Midtown Tunnel is officially underway.

New Midtown Tunnel construction making progress
By Dave Forster  The Virginian-Pilot

In case you haven't heard, the Midtown Tunnel - the busiest two-lane road east of the Mississippi River - is getting a new neighbor.

A second tube is being built at a plant in Maryland and will be floated piecemeal 200 miles down the Chesapeake Bay beginning this summer.

Back home on the Elizabeth River, preparations are fast under way for the delivery. More than…
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N.C. 12 Bonner Bridge reopened

Now, I am not volunteering to be the first to try it out.  And, you can guarantee I won't be making the trek down to Hatteras without a life hammer clinched in my fist.  But, I, like many of our Checkered Flag fans am very glad to see that the Bonner Bridge has been reopened. 

Bonner Bridge in Outer Banks reopened to traffic
The Virginian-Pilot  December 15, 2013   

OREGON INLET

The Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on N.C. 12 reopened at 4 p.m. today, according to a North Carolina Department of Transportation news release.

Engineers concluded the bridge…
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Downtown Tunnel Open for remainder of month



Ready for a great Hampton Roads holiday surprise? 

Here it is.  The Downtown Tunnel between Norfolk and Portsmouth will be open for the remainder of the month of December. 

Downtown Tunnel to stay open rest of year
By Dave Forster  The Virginian-Pilot

The westbound Downtown Tunnel will remain open at night beginning Tuesday through the rest of December, according to Elizabeth River…
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Downtown tunnel open Friday and Saturday night

We have a Downtown Tunnel traffic update for our Checkered Flag travelers.  Although I was unable to find confirmation from VDOT, The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that the Westbound tube of the Downtown Tunnel on I-264 will be open both this Friday and Saturday nights for holiday weekend travelers. 

Westbound Downtown Tunnel open Fri., Sat. nights
The Virginian-Pilot
November 21, 2013
   

The westbound side of the Downtown Tunnel will be open Friday and Saturday evenings.

The tunnel will close at 8 p.m. Sunday night for ongoing rehabilitation work and reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, according to a news release…
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Court decides tolls will go forward




The everyday Hampton Roads commute is about to get very expensive for many of our Checkered Flag drivers.
 
Va. Supreme Court reverses ruling on tunnel tolls

By Dave Forster
Julian Walker  Tim Eberly
The Virginian-Pilot  November 1, 2013
   

The Supreme Court of Virginia on Thursday unanimously swatted down a legal challenge to the Downtown and Midtown tunnel tolls, clearing the way for the fees to begin Feb. 1.

The decision spelled the end of a lawsuit by residents and business owners who had hoped they could stop the tolls, which they viewed as unfair, illegal and harmful to commerce and…
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Freeway Extension near Midtown Tunnel begins soon




Heads up, Checkered Flag fans, we will soon have another major road construction project affecting Hampton Roads traffic.

Work set to begin for freeway extension in Portsmouth (edited for length)
By Dave Forster  The Virginian-Pilot

Construction will begin next month on a freeway extension through Portsmouth, bringing with it a whole new slate of traffic impacts, the companies doing the work announced today.

When finished, the Martin Luther King Extension will connect the Western Freeway to Interstate 264, and allow drivers to get from the interstate to the Midtown Tunnel without using city roads. The project is another piece of…
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