Plan for new bridge-tunnel reintroduced, tolls still called for

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by Philip Townsend

WVEC.com

Posted on January 6, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 5:21 AM

NORFOLK -- Drivers often find themselves going nowhere fast on the way to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel because of traffic backups.

"It's been a hassle every time I get on it, unless I'm going really early in the morning or very late at night," said Norfolk resident Pan Burton.

More than a decade's worth of research and planning have gone into an HRBT expansion, but some officials believe a completely new bridge-tunnel is a better option.

Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim says, "It's a more intelligent way to approach relieving congestion at the bridge-tunnel than expanding the bridge-tunnel."

While plans for a new span have been received well by officials from across the region, a revised proposal for a Third Crossing, called Patriots' Crossing, may be even more appealing.

"It will provide more mobility throughout the region than any other project on the books," Fraim believes.

Dwight Farmer with the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization says Patriots' Crossing could cost half of an HRBT expansion.

Tolls also would be cut in half.

Farmer adds, "Whatever we do to cross the body of water in Hampton Roads is going to cost some sort of toll."

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