Elizabeth River Tunnels

Location: Hampton Roads, VA
Owner: Virginia Department of Transportation
Completion Date: May 1, 2018
Categories: Featured Projects, Immersed Tube Tunnels, Construction

The Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project comprises four elements:  (1) the development, design, construction, finance and operation of a new two-lane tunnel adjacent to the existing Midtown Tunnel (under the Elizabeth River between the cities of Portsmouth and Norfolk); (2) life-safety and maintenance improvements to the existing Midtown Tunnel and two Downtown Tunnels; (3) extending the MLK Expressway in Portsmouth from London Boulevard to I-264; and (4) modifying the Brambleton Avenue and Hampton Boulevard interchange in Norfolk leading to/from the Midtown Tunnel.

Under a comprehensive agreement, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will maintain ownership of the infrastructure and oversee the activities of Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC); ERC will finance, operate and maintain the facilities for a 58-year concession period; and SKW Constructors (a Skanska, Kiewit, Weeks joint venture) will design and build the new Midtown Tunnel and the associated construction projects.