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Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel

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Photo taken by Tom Saunders, VDOT

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Map 

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under Hampton Roads on I-664
Location
Suffolk, Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1992
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 297.9 ft.
Total length: 24,288.0 ft. (4.6 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.92843, -76.40819   (decimal degrees)
36°55'42" N, 76°24'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/374584/4087858 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Newport News South
Inventory numbers
VA 20763 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 56508 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 11, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • June 7, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Comments 

Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel
Posted January 13, 2019, by Daniel C Allen (danielallencomputers [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The tunnel has large metal doors that protect during hurricane. I've seen it open during some hurricanes. The tunnel has massive pumps to pump out water and the doors can close pretty quickly. During hurricane Isabelle one of the tunnels in the area failed to close its doors and the tunnel was flooded for several days.

Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel
Posted December 14, 2015, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This tunnel connects the independent cities of Newport News and Suffolk. The site doesn't let you indicate both

Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel
Posted June 10, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It looks to me that the tunnel portals are above sea level on man-made islands. Of course, if a hurricane came through, I might be concerned about storm surge entering the tunnel. It is hard to tell from the pictures just how high the islands are. That being said, I imagine the causeway would be closed anyway in advance of an approaching hurricane.

Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel
Posted June 10, 2013, by Scott Gavin (Fatpiecat2 [at] charter [dot] net)

How do they keep the water out of the tunnel?