Downtown Tunnel Construction Relief Grant Fund; established. (HB351)

Introduced By

Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Downtown Tunnel Construction Relief Grant Fund. Establishes the Downtown Tunnel Construction Relief Grant Fund to provide grants of up to $1,500 to businesses that have suffered economic damage as a result of road closures due to the construction of the Downtown Tunnel Project. The Fund would be administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority. The act has a July 1, 2015, sunset. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/03/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102618D
01/03/2014Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/10/2014Assigned App. sub: Transportation
01/20/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB351)
01/20/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB351)
02/12/2014Left in Appropriations


Waldo Jaquith writes:

This is a hell of a bill. There's not a word in this about where the "Downtown Tunnel" is. There are many downtowns. There are many tunnels. Del. James does not see fit to specify which one, which would make this bill a train wreck, if it actually passed in its present form.

For the record, it appears to be the I-264 tunnel, in Portsmouth, under the Elizabeth River.