Thursday, September 28, 2023

Heads up: The Colonial Parkway Williamsburg Tunnel will be closed temporarily

The Colonial Parkway Williamsburg Tunnel. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of the National Park Service)
The Colonial Parkway Williamsburg Tunnel. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of the National Park Service)

The National Park Service will temporarily close the Williamsburg Tunnel on the Colonial Parkway for an in-depth assessment of the lighting system.

NPS officials said the closure will be from 9 a.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 — detours will provide a through route in both directions during the closure.

Detour signs will divert Jamestown-bound traffic at the Parkway traffic circle, along Visitor Center Drive (RT 132Y) to South Henry Street, to the Newport Avenue interchange with the Parkway.

Signs at all turns will indicate “Colonial Parkway Jamestown Detour.”

Yorktown-bound traffic will follow the detour in the opposite direction and signs at all turns will indicate “Colonial Parkway Yorktown Detour,” according to a news release from tNPS.

The England Street ramp will remain open.

The NPS encourages everyone who chooses to visit Colonial National Historical Park during the COVID-19 pandemic to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees.

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on the NPS website. Check with individual parks for specific details about park operations


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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