Midtown Tunnel to close for tide gate testing

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – The Midtown Tunnel will close for several hours Sunday to allow tide gate testing.
The tunnel will be closed between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. April 27. Traffic will be detoured to the Downtown Tunnel on Interstate 264.

The Elizabeth River Tunnels Project team will perform the following:

• Tide gate operation and procedural review
• Machinery review and water-seal inspection
• Structural review of the elements that allow the gate to be lowered
• Electrical testing for both the primary and emergency power sources
• Inspection of all pumps, valves and controllers

Testing of the tide gate at the Midtown Tunnel is a part of routine maintenance. The last test was done Aug. 4.

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