Street Smart: VDOT plans Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, James River Bridge closures this weekend

Motorists should expect detours and delays this weekend at Hampton Roads water crossings.

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close eastbound and southbound lanes respectively at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and James River Bridge to accommodate maintenance work. Westbound lanes at the HRBT and northbound lanes at the JRB will remain open to traffic, according to a VDOT statement.

Although summer traffic congestion has waned, the closures are likely to strain traffic flow at the Interstate 664 Monitor-Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel which will be the only option available during the closures for travel from the Peninsula to southside Hampton Roads.

According to VDOT:

  • All eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 at the HRBT will be closed for paving operations on three consecutive weekends (Sept. 14., Sept. 21 and a rain date of Sept. 28). The closures will begin at 9 p .m. Friday and conclude by 5 a.m. Monday, according to a VDOT statement.
  • Southbound lanes of the James River Bridge will be closed for work to replace the bridge grid deck on five consecutive weekends from Sept. 14 to Oct. 12. Closures will run from Friday at 9 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m. Once work is completed on the southbound lanes, crews will close the northbound lanes for four consecutive weekends to continue the deck replacement, the statement said.

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