Virginia State Police
are adding troopers to four bridge-tunnels near Hampton Roads to inspect commercial
vehicles. The troopers will be on site around the clock in an effort to reduce
the risk of possible terrorist strikes in the area.
Troopers will be assigned
to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel,
the Midtown Tunnel and Downtown Tunnel "on a 24-hour basis," The
(Newport News) Daily Press reported. The bridge-tunnels will be guarded by
two troopers at a time working in shifts for a total of eight officers at
a time. Additionally, at least one motor carrier trooper will be assigned
to handle mechanical and regulatory issues relating to hazardous materials
at each location.
No troopers will be at
the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia Beach because it is privately
owned and has its own police force.