Isabel may be gone, but truckers are still dealing with the storm’s
hard hit are truckers who serve port terminals in the Norfolk, VA,
area near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. The Hampton Roads Virginian
Pilot reported Nov. 24 that the Midtown Tunnel will be closed
for at least two more weeks after being flooded by the storm.
tunnel may be closed even longer, the report said, if it is found
to be heavily damaged after the water is removed.
Midtown Tunnel connects several marine terminals and rail heads
and serves as a major trucking route between those locations. Completed
in 1962, the tunnel normally carries more than 40,000 vehicles a
day, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation, all
of which must use alternate routes, including the already heavily
trafficked Downtown Tunnel, until the water is pumped out.
who work the ports are paid by the trip, and one local businessman
– Charles Rosemond of Richmond, VA-based Wyatt Transfer Inc., told
the newspaper that some local drivers could lose 25 percent to 30
percent of their income because they will have to use longer alternative
routes. One firm, C&K Trucking, said its 200 daily port moves
could be cut in half.