First new Midtown Tunnel element lowered into place and connected

Posted at 1:32 PM, Oct 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-29 13:32:31-04

The first element of the new Midtown Tunnel was fully lowered into place and connected to the Portsmouth side this week, Elizabeth River Tunnels has announced.

The 18-hour process was finished on Tuesday when they opened the doors of the 16,000-ton element for a thorough survey and inspection.

Element two is scheduled for placement in mid-November.

The remaining elements (11 total) will continue to be placed from the Portsmouth side moving eastward across the Elizabeth River at a rate of approximately one every five weeks.

The new tunnel is expected to be complete in December 2016.

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