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March 12, 2013



Elizabeth River Tunnels Project Reaches Milestone in Waterline Relocation
Crews successfully install pipe beneath river

Elizabeth River Tunnels Project Reaches Milestone in Waterline Relocation
Crews successfully install pipe beneath river
NORFOLK, VA – Over the weekend, Elizabeth River Crossings’ (ERC) design-build contractor, SKW Constructors, successfully installed a nearly 4,500-foot long, 36-inch waterline beneath the Elizabeth River, pulling it from the Virginia Port Authority property in Portsmouth to Hampton Boulevard near Brambleton Avenue in Norfolk. The operation was completed using a horizontal directional drilling technique through the dense soils below the river. The new waterline will replace an existing 30-inch raw waterline that was located in the dredge path of the new Midtown Tunnel and supplies water to the City of Norfolk.
“Installation of the pipe went as planned,” said Dallas Marlow, Construction Director. “It took about 18 hours from start to finish and we had no negative environmental impacts, no channel closures and minimal traffic impacts to area commuters. Safe, successful operations like this keep us on schedule to complete the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project.”
Photos of the 36” pipe and weekend pullback operation can be found on the Elizabeth River Tunnels project’s Flickr page.
Headquartered in Portsmouth, Virginia, Elizabeth River Crossings OpCo, LLC, is the private partner of the Virginia Department of Transportation for the design, construction, finance, operations and maintenance of the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project. Located in Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia, the Project is comprised of a new two-lane tunnel under the Elizabeth River parallel to the existing Midtown Tunnel; fire, life and safety modifications and upgrades to the existing Midtown Tunnel and Downtown Tunnels; interchange modifications in Norfolk and Portsmouth; and extending the MLK in Portsmouth from London Boulevard to I-264. More information can be found at www.DriveERT.com. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DriveERT. 

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