PORTSMOUTH -- Drivers who've gotten used to not using the Downtown Tunnel to get to Norfolk on weekends will get some relief. The eastbound tunnel will be open through Labor Day.
Elizabeth River Tunnels and the Virginia Department of Transportation have cancelled the rehab work that requires the eastbound lanes to close. So, August 22-25, August 29-Sept. 1 and again Sept. 5-8, drivers can use I-264 East to get from Portsmouth into Norfolk.
Full weekend tunnel closures will resume eastbound Friday, Sept. 5 and are expected to continue through fall, officials stated.
The change does not affect the single lane closures that take place Sundays through Thursdays, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m..