NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Trucks will soon be able to roll through Norfolk International Terminals new lanes.
On Monday, officials cut the ribbon on the North Gate's new 26-lanes. Previously it only had four.
The hope is that the $42 million project will increase productivity and ease congestion.
"Back in 2014, we were suffering some congestion. So everything we've been doing is trying to speed up the term times, speed up the service to the motor carriers, show the shippers that we're a good, safe port to come through," said John Reinhart, chief executive officer of the Port of Virginia.
He says the lanes feature new technology that'll help keep employees safe when it comes to inspecting trucks.
"Before someone would have to stand in the lane and just physically look at it, now they're looking at it with all these cameras all around, so they get a better view, they can see the top, the sides, the chassis, all of it on a huge monitor," he said.
In the short term, the hope is that the expansion will alleviate some congestion. However, there's big plans in the works to help in the long term.
"By the end of December, the 564 intermodal connector will connect right into this. So that will give a loop that the trucks can come in and out of NIT without having to get on Hampton Boulevard," said Aubrey Layne, Virginia Secretary of Transportation.
The new lanes officially open to truck on June 30.
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