CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE-TUNNEL COMMISSION PREPARES TO REPAIR AND REPAVE TUNNEL ROADWAYS
Cape Charles, VA – The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Commission has selected Conrad Brothers of Chesapeake, VA to repair and repave the roadways of the tunnels and the open approaches of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. This project was awarded through a competitive bidding process in the amount of $4,986,343.03. Commission Chairman Aubrey L. Layne, Jr. remarked, “While the Commission is very pleased to have experienced a 22-year life out of the existing asphalt in the tunnels and open approaches, it is a great time to perform this necessary project. Not only will this project improve the wearing surfaces that are evident to the public, but it will also provide an opportunity to provide rehabilitation to the tunnel roadway foundation below the asphalt.”
The project will include the removal and replacement of the asphalt concrete overlay at the roadway level in both Thimble and Chesapeake Tunnels as well as along the open approach roadways at the trestle abutments, located at the end of each portal island. In addition, concrete repairs will be made to the underside and topside of the concrete slabs, while concurrently rehabilitating the tunnel roadway manholes.
Work for this project will begin in the second week of May 2013 on the underside of the tunnel roadway inside the lower air duct.
This initial phase will not impede traffic. After the completion of the summer travel season, concrete repairs and re-pavement of the topside of the tunnel roadway will begin. This phase will be conducted only at night to minimize travel delays for customers.
The entire project is expected to be completed by November 30, 2014.