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Both lanes now open in the westbound Downtown Tunnel

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Posted at 6:13 AM, Jan 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-24 08:33:49-05

Update: As of 7:40 a.m. - both lanes are now open in the westbound Downtown Tunnel.  Drivers should expect delays.

You may experience delays this morning heading westbound in the Downtown Tunnel.

According to Leila Rice of Elizabeth River Crossings, the right lane remains closed westbound, for emergency repair.

The cause of the damage is believed to be a minor infrastructure failure with a four inch pipe that is related to the fire suppression system.

Officials say the pipe likely developed a small leak due to the extreme weather conditions.

The problem has been isolated, and the lane remains closed as crews make repairs.

Use our interactive traffic map to avoid backups.