Saturday, September 23, 2023

Heads up: VDOT will be testing tide gates at the HRBT this weekend

HRBT (WYDaily file/Courtesy of VDOT)

VDOT will conduct routine tide gate testing at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel beginning at 1 a.m. on Sunday (May 3) to ensure facilities are prepared for possible adverse weather conditions.

Motorists traveling Interstate 64 to the HRBT during that time should expect to be stopped for up to 90 minutes in each direction. To avoid delays, motorists are encouraged to use the I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel as an alternate route.

Crews will first test the eastbound gates and then test the westbound gates at the HRBT. Full directional closures are as follows:

Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel

Sunday, May 3

  • 1 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. – all eastbound traffic stopped
  • 2:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. – all westbound traffic stopped

For additional travel alerts, motorists are encouraged to follow @VaDOTHR on Twitter, visit, call 511 or the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016, or download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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