Tunnel work increases demand for underwater construction workers

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by Philip Townsend, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 27 at 9:10 PM

PORTSMOUTH--Upcoming construction work at the Midtown and Downtown tunnels has opened up an unexpected job market.

Underwater construction workers will soon be a hot commodity in Hampton Roads, and the Underwater Construction Academy in Chesapeake is ready to train people with the right skills.

Paul Wood started the academy just a year ago, and it's the only school of its type in the state.

He brought on board Shannon Holloway, an experienced diver who inspected the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel from start to finish.

"We're actually almost turning people away," said Holloway. "The need for a trained diver is definitely out there."

The academy gets new applicants daily, and Wood expects to see even greater interest as construction on the new Midtown Tunnel approaches.

 

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