It's not something many of us would recognize on our daily commute, but, if you Checkered Flag fans look carefully, you might see the start of something that is going to improve traffic in Hampton Roads. The second tube of the Portsmouth-Norfolk Midtown Tunnel is officially underway.
New Midtown Tunnel construction making progress
By Dave Forster The Virginian-Pilot
In case you haven’t heard, the Midtown Tunnel – the busiest two-lane road east of the Mississippi River – is getting a new neighbor.
A second tube is being built at a plant in Maryland and will be floated piecemeal 200 miles down the Chesapeake Bay beginning this summer.
Back home on the Elizabeth River, preparations are fast under way for the delivery. More than a dozen cranes and excavators rise from the waterfront skylines where workers on land in Portsmouth and Norfolk shape the approaches to the new tube.
On the water, a crane runs seven days a week scooping river bottom into a barge, slowly carving what will grow to be a 3,700-foot trench. There, 11 tunnel sections will be placed, linked, buried and, if things stay on course, opened to traffic in 2016.
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Stay tuned to Checkered Flag.com for updates about the Portsmouth-Norfolk Midtown Tunnel construction throughout the course of the project.