Lauren Hansen 757-925-1660
July 2, 2009
ONE LANE ON I-64 WEST AT HRBT NOW OPENED
Motorists Should Expect Severe Congestion Through Rush Hour
NORFOLK – One lane the I-64 West Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) is now opened to traffic. Motorists should expect severe congestion throughout the area during evening rush hour.
As of 2:15 p.m., all of the water on the roadway inside the tunnel has been removed. The right lane is now opened to traffic. The speed limit has been reduced to 25 MPH from bridge to bridge.
Crews anticipate the second lane of I-64 West through the HRBT to remain closed for several additional hours. This will allow crews to make the needed repairs to the water main and electrical alert systems.
Congestion remains heavy on I-664 North from Bowers Hill to the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT). A crash occurred at the tunnel at 1:45 p.m., closing the tunnel and compounding the building congestion. Police and rescue are now on scene at the crash. Traffic is backed-up to Western Freeway, approximately 7 miles.
A malfunctioning water main system caused ponding inside the westbound tube early this morning. I-64 West at the HRBT was closed at 6:30 a.m.
Crews believe the water main pump malfunction may have been caused by the severe storm last night and resulting power outage. Approximately four inches of standing of water had seeped onto the roadway from one of the pump houses.
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