New Midtown Tunnel opens one lane to traffic

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. - One lane of the new US-58 Midtown Tunnel opened to traffic on Friday, the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project team announced Thursday.

The opening of the new Midtown Tunnel allows for one lane of westbound travel in the new tube while keeping one lane of eastbound traffic in the existing tube.

The existing Midtown Tunnel will continue to carry eastbound traffic in a single lane from Portsmouth to Norfolk.

The Elizabeth River Tunnels Project team consists of Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC), SKW Constructors (a joint venture of Skanska USA, Kiewit Construction and Weeks Marine, Inc.) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

The progress that has been made on the West Midtown Tunnel, opening six months ahead of schedule, is a testament to the collaboration within the Public-Private Partnership between ERC, VDOT and SKW Constructors.

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