Officials celebrating completion of ERT project

Transportation Secretary Layne thanks partners in ERT project as new Midtown Tunnel is officially completed. (Photo courtesy: VDOT)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A big celebration took place Friday in Norfolk, marking the completion of the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project.

Although the new Midtown Tunnel and the MLK Expressway extension have been finished for a while, transportation leaders are now holding a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Officials say the projects were completed one year ahead of schedule. The projects span Norfolk and Portsmouth, with the idea being that they will alleviate congestion for motorists, thus saving them time on their commute.

Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne was on hand for Friday event at the ERT Project Site in Norfolk.