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Weekend road closures and delays

SUFFOLK:

Today the CSX Railroad has Pine Street closed at the railroad crossing through the weekend with an anticipated reopening of the street on Monday, January 30, 2012. Detour signage will be displayed to direct traffic during the project.

CHESAPEAKE:

The High Rise Bridge will close for three hours on Sunday morning from 7:00am-10:00am. I-64 East and Westbound will be closed at the High Rise and your closest detour is the Gilmerton Bridge.

The Gilmerton will see continuing overnight closures starting again on Sunday night. The bridge is closed nightly from Sunday through Thursday from 8:00pm-5:00am. The High Rise Bridge is your closest alternate as well as the Downtown Tunnel.

Tune into to Newschannel 3 at 5:00am Monday morning for Skycam 3 Traffic and continuing local traffic updates on WGNT CW-27 from 7:00am-9:00am

Kristen Crowley WTKR

Automakers consider getting rid of spare tire to save gas mileage

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WTKR) Spending five dollars on a gallon of gas may sound ludicrous, but some economists say that number is closer to reality than you think.

AAA predicts all automakers may ditch the spare tire on new vehicles to achieve better gas mileage.

“I think that's a long way away because there's a lot of government issues that have to be gotten beyond before something like that can happen as a standard,” says Becky Nixon with Southern Dodge Jeep Chrysler Ram.

She says they haven't received any mandates from their manufacturers to take away spare tires
from all of their makes and models.

But AAA says about 20 automakers already have certain models either without a spare or the spare is optional. The goal is to meet new fuel economy standards set up by the department of transportation.

VDOT joins forces with local businesses in tunnel expansion project

VDOT met with local business owners to discuss how they can work together on the new Midtown Tunnel expansion.

Locally owned, small businesses in Hampton Roads are coming together in Portsmouth today to team up for a big job ahead - the Downtown/Midtown Tunnel and MLK Extension Project.

The $2 billion project is set to begin this year to add a new tube to the Midtown; perform maintenance work on the old Midtown Tunnel, as well as the two downtown tubes; and to extend the MLK Expressway to connect both tunnels.

VDOT is looking to join forces with small local businesses in the area to compete for more than 1,000 jobs that will need to be filled to do the project.

Representatives from construction companies, as well as suppliers, fabricators, and installers will be needed.

And today's meeting was a way for them all to team up.

HRT to Launch Airport Service

NORFOLK, VA – Hampton Roads Transit will launch a trial bus service to the Norfolk International Airport on Sunday, February 5, to test customer interest in establishing permanent local bus service to one of the region's major transportation hubs.

The Airport route will serve the arrivals and departures terminals on the hour, connecting customers via Norview Avenue and Tidewater Drive with downtown Norfolk and the Cedar Grove transfer facility.

The airport stop is located on Arrivals Boulevard near the pedestrian bridge by baggage claim. The route will leave the airport via Norview Avenue and proceed to Tidewater Drive for service to downtown Norfolk. This route also will serve the neighborhoods of Bromley, East Norview, Five Points, Green Hill Farms along Norview Avenue. These communities currently are not served by HRT.

Light rail customers can catch the new service at the bus stop serving the Civic Plaza station on St. Pauls Boulevard.

Police investigate stabbing at Norfolk library

Police say that there has been a stabbing at Pretlow Library in Norfolk at 111 W. Ocean View Ave.

It occurred in the Ocean View section of the city.

Police say that the victim has been transferred to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The suspect was on the scene and was taken into custody.

Police also say they recovered a knife they believe was used on the victim. 

They are not sure what led to the stabbing.

Police are still investigating.

Norfolk police need help solving two robberies

Norfolk police need you to take action against crime.

Officers need your help solving two robberies that happened within an hour of each other.

The latest was a robbery at a gas station. It happened at the Shell station on Norview Avenue around 7 p.m. Monday night.

No one was hurt.

Investigators are not saying much more about what happened.

And about an hour before that - someone robbed the Manila Bread House on East Little Creek Road near Halprin Drive.

It does not appear that anyone was hurt there, either.

If you know anything that could help police with either case, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Light rail derailment still under investigation

After the Tide derailed on Friday near Colley Avenue and Second Street in Norfolk, HRT officials say they are still investigating the cause.

HRT says that the train is now back on track.

Friday overall, was a rough day for the light rail. Earlier that same day, electric cables sagged at the Military Circle stop.

They were supposed to last for 30 years.

For a few hours, no trains were running through most of the tracks, but other transportation was provided to get people around.