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Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel closure

UPDATED POST:
As of 3:30 p.m, traffic on I-64 west to Little Creek Road was backed up nearly 7 miles. The right lane opened to traffic with a reduced speed limit of 25 mph between the bridges, but one lane remains closed. The second lane will likely remain closed for "several additional hours," according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), as crews look to clear out the water inside a tunnel pump house.

Traffic on the Route 17 North James River Bridge remains heavy because of a disabled vehicle earlier in the afternoon, VDOT advies.

UPDATED POST: (2 p.m.)
The westbound tube of I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel remains closed, with congestion building on I-664 North from Bowers Hill to the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. Traffic is backed up for about 11 miles, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Motorists should anticipate alternating lane closures at the Route 17 James River Bridge in both directions for the electric company to make repairs to live electrical lines, the department reported. Crews hope for the repairs to be completed before rush hour.


ORIGINAL POST:

The westbound tube of the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel has been closed due to a malfunctioning water main pump, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

According to the department, there is continuous congestion approximately 20 miles from the I-64 East Greenbrier interchange to the I-664 North Monitor-Merrimac Memorial-Bridge Tunnel. A detour is in place diverting I-64 West traffic around to I-64 East; motorists will be detoured off I-64 West at 4th View. To get to the peninsula, motorists can then take I-64 East to the I-264 interchange, take I-264 West to the downtown tunnel and merge onto I-664 North toward the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel. Then they can continue towards that or detour off I-664 North onto Route 17 North and use the James River Bridge.

As for the tunnel: The water main system has been shut off to stop more water from entering the tunnel, and crews are using vacuum trucks to pump out the water before needing to get to the tunnel travel lanes to make system repairs. The water main break is believed to be caused by the storm last night. The work is expected to be done before the evening rush hour.

This is an update from an earlier post.

By Mark Berman  |  July 2, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
 
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Comments

Wonder why they don't do 2-way traffic in the eastbound tube? That would be more fair than completely blocking one side.

Posted by: thetan | July 2, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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