Update: I-64 eastbound at HRBT now open after crews work to reattach metal panels

Posted at 4:05 PM, Feb 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-12 00:08:36-05

Update: I-64 Eastbound at the HRBT has now reopened according to VDOT. 

They say after two inspectors discovered two metal panels out of position at the entrance of the tunnel, they had to close the tunnel in the eastbound direction to reattach the panels to the concrete. 

They say there was no significant structural damage done to the HRBT. 

Right now I-64 eastbound is closed at the HRBT as crews work to reattach two metal panels to the concrete ceiling inside of the tunnel.

VDOT says no tiles have fallen.

Inspectors discovered the panels were out of position and closed the HRBT eastbound to evaluate the two panels.

VDOT says they do not know when the HRBT eastbound will reopen.

Traffic is now being detoured to the MMMBT and also being turned around at exit 268 at Mallory Street.

Elizabeth River Crossings tells NewsChannel 3 they do not have to suspend tolls for a maintenance emergency. This only happens when a state of emergency is declared by the government and emergency evacuations are necessary.

VDOT says there are other alternatives that are free including the Gilmerton and High Rise if people are trying to avoid paying the tolls.

You can take any of the following detours:

From I-64/I-664 Interchange in Hampton to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront drivers can go through the Midtown Tunnel, Downtown Tunnel, the Gilmerton or the High Rise.

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