PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Your tunnel toll money is at work with a big step in getting the most expensive part of the Midtown Tunnel Project done. Parts of the new tube are on their way to Hampton Roads.
The first tunnel section arrived at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal on Friday, June 13.
10 On Your Side’s Erin Kelly traveled to Sparrows Point, Maryland — just outside of Baltimore — last month. That’s where the tubes are being built, and more than half of them are now ready for the towing process.
On Monday, Elizabeth River Tunnels tweeted out some pretty cool pictures about the first step in the big move. The pictures showed the first six tunnel pieces in the flooded dry dock, where the tunnel is being built in Maryland. Those pieces were towed into the harbor where they will make the journey down the Chesapeake Bay.
— ERT (@DriveERT) June 9, 2014
All of the tunnel elements be towed to Portsmouth Marine Terminal, where they’ll wait for placement in the Elizabeth River this fall.
The first six tunnel sections that are ready now will be towed down one at a time — but that’s just the half of it. Five more pieces need to be made. ERT says that can’t happen until the first six are on their way.
Tuesday the Coast Guard released pictures of two 25-foot Response Boat-Smalls from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay escorting tugboats towing the Midtown Tunnel sections near Sparrows Point.
The new Midtown Tunnel is expected to open in 2016.