Closures for water crossings this weekend; detours in place

Beginning on Friday, Sept. 14, crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close multiple lanes at a variety of water crossings.

Closures at the Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel eastbound lanes and the Route 17 James River Bridge southbound lanes will be in place until Monday, Sept. 17, at 5 a.m.

All eastbound lanes of the Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) will close, Friday, Sept.14, 2012, at 9 p.m., for paving operations. For three consecutive weekends, motorists are advised to use the Interstate 664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT) as an alternate route. A signed detour will be in place. The following weekends will also have closures:

Friday, Sept. 21, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Sept. 24, at 5 a.m.

  • Friday, Sept.  28, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday Oct. 1, at 5 a.m. (Rain Date)
  • The Route 17 James River Bridge southbound lanes will close for five consecutive weekends so crews can begin replacing the bridge grid deck. Beginning on Friday, Sept. 14, crews will close all southbound lanes. Upon completion of work on the southbound lanes, crews will close the northbound lanes for four consecutive weekends. Motorists are advised to use the MMMBT as an alternate route. The weekend closure schedule is as follows:
  • Friday, Sept.  14, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Sept. 17, at 5 a.m.
  • Friday, Sept.  21, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Sept.  24, at 5 a.m.
  • Friday, Sept.  28, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Oct. 1, at 5 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 5, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Oct. 8, at 5 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 12, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Oct.15, at 5 a.m.
  • All maintenance operations will occur during periods with the least possible impact to motorists, while maintaining safe and efficient travel conditions throughout the area. 
  • These scheduled maintenance activities are weather dependent.

VDOT began an aggressive outreach campaign in late August that encompasses billboards, radio and television spots on local stations, social media platforms, and print ads in various daily and weekly publications.

Motorists are encouraged to call 511 or the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016, visit www.511virginia.org, or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM for current traffic and travel information.