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Crews to install traffic loop sensors on I-264

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Posted at 10:51 AM, May 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-17 11:17:54-04

Portsmouth, Va. – Elizabeth River Tunnels work crews will install traffic loop sensors on Interstate 264 beginning Friday, May 17, 2013.

Traffic loop sensors will be placed in travel lanes on I-264 east. The schedule for installation is as follows:

Starting Friday, May 17, at 9 p.m. through Monday May 20, at 5 a.m., motorists on I-264 east, approaching the Downtown Tunnel from Portsmouth, will merge into one lane at the Effingham Street ramp for approximately 150 yards to safely clear the work zone. All lanes of the Downtown Tunnel will remain open.

To avoid possible delays of 30 minutes or more during this time period, motorists should use the US Route 58 Midtown Tunnel or I-64 High Rise Bridge as alternate routes. If motorists choose to travel I-264 east during this time, they are strongly encouraged to consider traveling outside of the below-listed travel times*, when traffic volumes are highest:

• Saturday, May 18 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

• Sunday, May 19, between 11a.m. and 6 p.m.

Please be alert to the shift in traffic patterns and exercise caution while traveling through the work zone.

*Travel times are based on traffic counts and analysis for the same weekend in 2012.

Loop installation on I-264 west is scheduled for Friday, May 31, beginning at 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. on June 3. During this work, westbound travel lanes will be reduced to a single lane on the Berkley Bridge and through the Downtown Tunnel. Check the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project travel impacts page for the latest information on construction and roadwork that may affect travel.