Northbound lanes of Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel closed this weekend

Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel. [Courtesy VDOT]

If you’re traveling to or from the Outer Banks this weekend from north/west of Richmond, don’t take Interstate 64.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will the northbound lanes of Interstate 664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel for paving operations, starting as early as Friday, Oct. 9.

Crews are currently scheduled to close all northbound lanes of I-664 MMMBT, toward Newport News, beginning as early as tonight at 9 p.m. The lanes are scheduled to reopen on Monday, Oct. 12, by 5 a.m.

This required maintenance activity is weather-dependent and has been scheduled to reduce the overall duration of time needed to complete this work and to minimize traffic impacts.

Motorists may use the Route 17 James River Bridge or the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel as alternate routes; however, motorists should avoid travel in these areas if possible and anticipate potential residual delays on adjacent roadways as well. Motorists traveling to the Richmond area should use Route 460. Signed detours will be in place for motorists who need to travel in these areas during the closure.

The signed detours for I-664 MMMBT north will be as follows:
· Exit onto Route 17 north (Bridge Road).
· Follow Route 17 towards the James River Bridge.
· Exit onto Route 60 east.
· Turn left onto 34th St.
· Stay left towards I-664 exits
· End at I-664 north.

Other routes that are options to reach the I-95 corridor from the Outer Banks include taking U.S. 58 from Chesapeake to Emporia, or U.S. 64 from Nags Head to Rocky Mount.