PORTSMOUTH -– Part of I-264 in Portsmouth will be closed in both directions Monday night so construction crews can continue work on the Martin Luther King Extension Project.
From 9 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday, I-264 between Frederick Blvd. and Portsmouth Blvd. will be closed so crews can remove the pedestrian bridge. That will allow access to widen the interstate in anticipation of the new MLK Extension, say officials with Elizabeth River Tunnels the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Then, on Tuesday, March 11 from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., motorists should expect construction activities reducing the roadway to one traffic lane on I-264 East at the pedestrian bridge site for crews to complete bridge and ramp demolition.Detours will be detours in place:
I-264 East Detour:
Motorists traveling on I-264 East towards Norfolk will detour onto Portsmouth Blvd. and back onto I-264 at Frederick Blvd.
I-264 West Detour:
Motorists traveling on I-264 West towards Suffolk will detour onto Frederick Blvd. and back onto I-264 at Portsmouth Blvd.
A new bridge over I-264 is scheduled for installation by the end of 2014.
The MLK Extension is part of the public-private partnership between Elizabeth River Tunnels the Virginia Department of Transportation. The deal also includes creating a second Midtown Tunnel and upgrades to the existing Midtown and Downtown Tunnels.