Update: Midtown Tunnel closing likely for Monday morning

Posted at 8:15 PM, Oct 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-28 13:35:08-04

NORFOLK — The Midtown Tunnel remains open in both directions at this time. However, motorists traveling later this evening may experience 15-20 minute delays coinciding with the next high tide.

Travel speeds will likely need to once again be regulated with pilot vehicles for safe passage through the tunnel in each direction. Should tides exceed those forecasted this evening, motorists should be prepared for the possibility of a complete tunnel closure.

Based on the currently forecasted tides for Monday, October 29, motorists should be prepared for a complete closure of the Midtown Tunnel to prevent tunnel flooding ahead of the morning high tide.

Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC) will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and the tide levels at the Midtown Tunnel in Norfolk over the next 18-24 hours to prevent its flooding. Motorists are encouraged to monitor conditions through the media and when possible, avoid travel during the storm.