Hampton Roads Tunnels and Bridges

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Hampton Roads’ natural assets have made it one of the busiest ports on the East Coast.

The region is home to the world’s largest naval base and is a summertime destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) maintains eight major bridges and tunnels in Hampton Roads.

Bridge and tunnel emergency closure information

For up-to-date traffic and travel information for the bridges and tunnels of Hampton Roads, call 511, tune to 610 AM or visit 511virginia.org to see traffic cameras throughout the region.


The Tunnels

Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel, Interstate 664

The I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT) opened in 1992.

These four-lane twin tubes connect Newport News and Hampton to Suffolk and Chesapeake.

The MMMBT typically carries about half of the volume each day of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and is a practical, less-congested alternative.

To travel from Interstate 64 to South Hampton Roads using the MMMBT, take the  I-664 South exit (264) and continue to the Interstate 64/264 interchange. The tunnel does not charge a toll.

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Restrictions

  • Maximum height: 14 feet 6 inches (with permit)
  • Maximum width (with permit): 10 feet 6 inches
  • Wider vehicles must be escorted by VDOT.

Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT), I-64

The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel is the oldest tunnel on I-64 in Hampton Roads.

It connects Hampton and Newport News to Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

The first two-lane tunnel opened in 1957 and a second opened in 1976.

Nearly three million vehicles use it each month. It carries more than 100,000 vehicles a day during the tourist season.

During heavy traffic, many motorists use the MMMBT on I-664 instead.

The HRBT does not charge a toll.

Restrictions

  • I-64 West maximum height: 13 feet 6 inches (without permit)
  • I-64 East maximum height: 14 feet 6 inches (with permit)
  • Maximum width (with permit): 10 feet 6 inches
  • Wider vehicles must be escorted by VDOT.

Downtown Tunnel, I-264

The Downtown Tunnel on I-264 is the oldest of two tunnels that cross the Elizabeth River.

The Downtown Tunnel links Norfolk and Portsmouth. The first of two two-lane tunnels opened in 1952 and the second in 1987.

Along with the Berkley Bridge, which connects I-264 and I-464 on the Norfolk side of the tunnel, the Downtown Tunnel carries more than three million vehicles a month. The tunnel is operated by Elizabeth River Crossings

Tolls

Toll rates vary based on travel times and payment method -- either E-Z Pass or a Pay by Plate system.

Restrictions

  • Maximum height:13 feet, 6 inches
  • Maximum width: 8 feet, 6 inches (without permit); 11 feet (with permit)

Midtown Tunnel, Route 58

More than a million vehicles per month use the Midtown Tunnel.

It opened in 1962 as the second tunnel connecting Norfolk and Portsmouth and carries two lanes of two-way traffic on Route 58 between the cities. The tunnel is operated by Elizabeth River Crossings.

Tolls

Toll rates vary based on travel times and payment method -- either E-Z Pass or a Pay by Plate system.

Restrictions

  • Maximum height:13 feet, 6 inches
  • Maximum width: 8 feet, 6 inches (without permit); 11 feet (with permit)

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Route 13

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel spans the mouth of the bay,  connecting Virginia Beach to Cape Charles in Northampton County on the Eastern Shore.

This is a time-saving shortcut for motorists traveling from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York.

Built in 1964, the 17.6-mile span is the world’s largest bridge-tunnel complex.

The bridge-tunnel is owned, operated, and maintained by The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission, not VDOT.

The maximum height is 13 feet, 6 inches.

For toll information and weather condition restrictions, visit www.cbbt.com or call (757) 331-2960.


The Bridges

Hampton Roads' drawbridges open for water traffic according to federal regulations issued by the Coast Guard.  

Some time-of-day restrictions may apply Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

George P. Coleman Bridge, Route 17

The George P. Coleman Bridge is a double-swing span that connects Gloucester Point and Yorktown.

The bridge was constructed in 1952 as a two-lane bridge, designed to carry up to 15,000 vehicles a day.

Coleman Bridge
George P. Coleman Bridge 

In 1995, the bridge was reconstructed with four lanes to handle increased traffic.

Almost a million vehicles cross each month.

Call E-ZPass at (877) 762-7824 or visit www.ezpassva.com for information on discount programs for frequent users.

Tolls (traveling south to north):

  • Commuters (E-Z Pass required): 85 cents
  • Two axles: $2
  • Three axles: $3
  • Four or more axles: $4

Bridge openings and travel conditions

The Coleman Bridge opens upon vessel demand, according to federal regulations. The bridge remains closed from 5 - 8 a.m. and 3 - 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. It does open for vessels in an emergency.

James River Bridge, Routes 17/258/32

The 4.5-mile James River Bridge, Virginia’s longest state-maintained bridge, opened in 1928 as the first connector between the Peninsula and South Hampton Roads.James River BridgeThe bridge carries Routes 17/258/32 between Newport News and Isle of Wight County.

The original two-lane bridge was replaced in 1982 with a four-lane lift span bridge to handle increased traffic.

Nearly one million vehicles use it each month.

It is a smart alternative when the tunnels are congested.

To travel from I-64 to South Hampton Roads over the James River Bridge, take the Mercury Boulevard, Route 258 ramp (exit 263). Continue on Route 17 to the I-664 interchange in Suffolk. The bridge is free.

Openings and travel conditions

The James River Bridge opens upon vessel demand, according to federal regulations. It does not have any periods where openings are restricted.

Berkley Bridge, I-264

The Berkley Bridge opened in 1952 and is part of the I-264 Downtown Tunnel complex, connecting Portsmouth and Norfolk.

The bridge was rebuilt in 1991 to handle increased traffic. The bridge merges I-464 traffic traveling from Chesapeake with I-264 traffic in Norfolk.

Each of the four leafs on the dual drawbridge weighs 640 tons.

Openings and travel conditions

The I-264 Berkley Bridge will open for maritime vessel signal at 9 a.m., 11a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning the week of Monday, October 19, 2009. The bridge will not open during these scheduled times when vessels have not signaled and are not waiting for passage. The duration of the traffic stops due to the bridge lifts are dependent on maritime traffic volumes. The bridge will remain in the close position during commute periods, from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, except during federal holidays.  

The bridge can open upon request during the restricted hours for a vessel with a draft of at least 18 feet if at least six hours of notification has been given.

High Rise Bridge, I-64

This concrete and steel drawbridge was built in 1969 in Chesapeake. It crosses the South Branch of the Elizabeth River and carrys more than two million motorists a month.

Openings and travel conditions

The bridge opens upon vessel demand, according to federal regulations. It remains closed from 6 - 9 a.m. and 3 - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

If a vessel needs it to be opened during peak hours, three days notice is required. It does open for vessels in an emergency. Bridge openings occur only about once a week.

Gilmerton Bridge, Routes 13/460

Located on Military Highway west of Bainbridge Boulevard, the four-lane undivided twin bascule span crosses the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River.

The bridge was built in 1938 and is operated by Chesapeake. It currently carries about a million vehicles a month.

Weight limits:

  • 14 tons (single units)
  • 20 tons (semi trailers)
  • 27 tons (twin trailers) 

South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, Route 337


Ship at Jordan BridgeThis private toll bridge opened in October 2012 and spans the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River. 

With quick connections to I-464 and I-264, it’s an alternative route when neighboring bridges and tunnels are congested. 

The fixed, high-rise bridge is one of the tallest in Virginia and not subject to openings for maritime traffic. It also has been designated an official Virginia truck route without height or weight restrictions.

The Jordan Bridge features two undivided lanes plus a pedestrian sidewalk separated from traffic by a concrete barrier. 

A fully-electronic video capture system accepts E-Z Pass to maximize convenience for drivers, but an E-ZPass is not required for travel. There is no toll plaza and cash is not accepted. 

Vehicles traveling without an E-ZPass will be mailed an invoice for their travel fees.

Standard travel fees
                                                                                            
Passenger vehicles and motorcycles (two axles)   Pay by E-ZPass:  $1.50   Pay by plate: $3   Pay by Mail  $4

Additional fees of $1 per additional axle apply to multi-axle vehicles.

For more information, visit www.SNJB.net.
 


Traffic Updates

  • VDOT's road conditions map

  • Road conditions, bridge openings and traffic information: Virginia: Dial 511, out of state: (866) MY-511-VA, www.511Virginia.org

  • To contact state police in an emergency, dial # 77 on your cell phone.

  • EZ-Pass Virginia: (877) 762-7824, (800) 828-1120 (TTD/ TTY), 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., www.ezpassva.com

  • Traffix: For carpool, tele-work, van pool, guaranteed ride, express bus and park and ride information, or other alternative transportation, 800) 700-RIDE (7433), www.traffixonline.org

  • Traffic Information Radio: 1680 AM for Hampton Roads.

Safety Service Patrols

From Newport News to Virginia Beach, the VDOT Hampton Roads Safety Service Patrol operates on more than 100 miles of interstate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Safety Service Patrols offer free assistance to motorists experiencing problems on major arteries, including the:

  • HRBT (I-64)
  • MMMBT (I-664)
  • James River Bridge (Route 17)
  • Downtown Tunnel (I-264)
  • Midtown Tunnel (Route 58) Safety Service Patrol

Patrollers carry emergency equipment and supplies, including:

  • Gasoline
  • Air pumps
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flares
  • Jacks
  • Water

Call # 77 from your cell phone for non-emergency roadside assistance.


Traffic Management

VDOT operates traffic management systems on most of the Hampton Roads crossings.

These state-of-the-art, computerized systems use remote cameras, monitors and road sensors to alert operators to traffic situations..

VDOT is then able to inform motorists of possible delays and alternate routes with overhead message boards, radio broadcasts, and the toll-free 511 phone system, thus reducing congestion.


If You’re in an Accident

If you’re in an accident where there are no injuries or your vehicle breaks down, the law requires you to move your car to the road’s shoulder, out of the flow of traffic.

On a bridge or in a tunnel, stay with your vehicle and wait for help. An incident team will be dispatched quickly, as the tunnels and most bridges are monitored.

To call state police from your cell phone, dial # 77.


Hazardous Materials

Before motor homes can go through tunnels, they must stop to have propane tanks checked.

Who do I contact about transporting hazardous materials through a state-owned tunnel?

Contact VDOT at 804-786-2848. The National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 should be notified of spills of a reportable quantity. They are available 24 hours a day.

What are the six tunnels that are state-owned?

For information about...

Call...

Big Walker Mountain Interstate 77

276-228-5571

East River Mountain I-77

276-928-1994

Elizabeth River-Downtown Interstate 264

757-494-2424

Elizabeth River-Midtown Route 58

757-683-8123

Hampton Roads Interstate 64

757-727-4832

Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge Interstate 664

757-247-2123

 
Hauling Permits

There are restrictions on the width, height, length and weight of vehicles traveling in Virginia.

Call the Department of Motor Vehicles at 804-786-2787 for general information and to obtain a permit, or visit www.vahaulingpermits.com




Page last modified: June 30, 2014