NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Pothole repairs created a traffic mess at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Monday.
Brooke Grow and Lauren Hansen with the Virginia Department of Transportation told WAVY.com the issue was first spotted around 9:30 a.m. and both westbound lanes were immediately closed while they patched the hole.
About 15 minutes later, it was discovered a waterline that goes under the aging road and is a part of the fire suppression system in the tunnel had ruptured, causing the pothole.
It caused delays for hours. WAVY.com caught up with several drivers stuck in the backup.
"I was going to Norfolk Airport to drop off my stepdad and on the way back there was a lot of traffic," driver David Rummel said.
By 1:30 p.m., there was an 8-mile delay.
Some people recounted what happened when drivers got restless.
"I saw people just turning, trying to get out, trying to get back. I saw people crossing over the grass. People were going to the 7-Eleven and getting food and gas because people had been sitting so long," driver Bobbi Colucci said.
Colucci sat in her car for two hours before turning around and going back home.
Crews had both lanes finally back open by 2:30 p.m. It will take two weeks of overnight repairs to completely fix the waterline.
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