Originally Posted by Ken Thompson
Do they honestly think rverís Are going turn off their propane before they go thru these tunnels? Itís just one more ridiculous law some government idiot has passed. I suppose they have the cops waiting for the rvís to come thru the tunnel so they can stop them and check their appliances.
As a matter of fact they do, at least at the five restricted tunnels in the Norfolk Virginia area where I live. If you bypass stopping at the inspection station, where they verify the main valve is closed at the tank, the inspection station operator will halt STOP traffic entering the tunnel and you will be pulled out of traffic near the tunnel entrance and held until a state trooper can arrive and site you failure to obey highway sign (Virginia 46.2 830). The fine is $30 while the processing fee is $51. Welcome to the Redneck Riviera. Enjoy your stay and you'll come back now, ya hear.
I pass thru a HAZMAT/Propane restricted tunnel twice a day and I've seen plenty of RV owners with their rigs (driveable and towed) pulled off near the tunnel entrance.
And there are five, not four, in the southeastern Virginia area.
State Operated -
I64 Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel
I664 Monitor Merrimac Bridge Tunnel
I264 Elizabeth River-Downtown Tunnel (Toll)
VA58 Elizabeth River-Midtown Tunnel (Toll)
Privately Operated -
US13 Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (Toll)
Sitting in the inspection station booth for 8 hours can be pretty boring so catching a wayward RV is probably high light of their day.