“Midtown Tunnel backups are a thing of the past and commuters are very happy”

  | Virginian Pilot | October 16, 2016

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The Lord God Almighty is getting a lot of credit for traffic improvements at the Midtown Tunnel.

At least that’s what Twitter users are saying, after Elizabeth River Crossings opened up two eastbound lanes of traffic for the first time earlier this month.

For months, cars have snaked all the way back to Churchland during morning rush hour. Then ERC announced it would open both lanes of the tunnel during morning rush hour.

If there aren’t any crashes, breakdowns or bad weather, the daily 1½-to-2-mile backups have been eliminated.

On Twitter, commuters wrote:

“Praise the Lawd”

Two lanes in the Midtown Tunnel. God bless.”

“Eastbound Midtown Tunnel has finally opened both lanes this week.Blessup.”

Brody O’Connor wrote: “They finished working on the Midtown Tunnel! That means 30 mins more of sleep each morning! Things are looking up!”

Now that both lanes are open in the midtown tunnel, it makes commuting not so bad, says ODU student Corynn Brett.

Now that both lanes are open in the midtown tunnel, it makes commuting not so bad, says ODU student Corynn Brett.

And one man gave an expletive-laden shoutout to Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander, who really didn’t have much to do with the decision:

“THE MIDTOWN TUNNEL TWO LANES NOW!?!? … GIVE THE MAYOR OF NORFOLK A … RAISE!!!!”

I think you get the point: Previously frustrated commuters are excited that they can reclaim part of their day.

ERC made the decision because the contractor, SKW, said it could still get the work done with both lanes open in the morning.

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