PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Rehabilitation work on the I-264 Downtown Tunnel is now complete.
Construction activities will no longer cause full tunnel closures.
The work included tunnel fireproofing, new jet fan ventilation systems and LED tunnel lighting. The tunnel was also repaved, had new traffic cameras, reflective lane striping, lane use signals and safety signage installed, along with concrete repairs.
Rehabilitation work on the I-264 west Downtown Tunnel began with full weekend closures in August 2013. Work shifted to weeknights only in November 2013.
Rehabilitation of the I-264 east Downtown Tunnel began in July 2014 with both full weekend closures and weeknight single lane closures.
Maintenance, including drain cleaning, tunnel washing, jet fan maintenance and any necessary damage repair, will cause scheduled single-lane and full tunnel closures as needed to keep the tunnel functioning.
The Downtown Tunnel opened in 1952 and was the first fixed crossing under the Elizabeth River between Norfolk and Portsmouth.