NORFOLK- A threatening call made to Va. State Police Wednesday morning put officers on alert and forced inspections of all trucks passing through the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and the Monitor-Merrimac going north.
As a result, traffic is backed up for miles on I-64 at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and on I-664 North at the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel.
Va. State Police say commercial vehicles at both tunnels are being inspected and there are increased patrols in the area.
Members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force are on scene to provide assistance and support to state police as needed, said FBI spokeswoman Vanessa Torres.
The task force is a collaborative effort with the FBI, local, state and federal agencies.
In a statement, authorities said, "At approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, Virginia State Police received a phone call - threatening in nature - concerning the Hampton Roads region.
As a precautionary measure, Virginia State Police is on heightened alert to include increased patrols and commercial vehicle inspections throughout Hampton Roads.
The Department is continuing to monitor and evaluate the situation."
The U.S. Coast Guard says provided two K-9 units to assist State Police in their investigation, said Petty Officer Brandyn Hill.
People are talking about the traffic on the WVEC13 Facebook page.
Kimberly Morris Burke wrote, "I came through the tunnel at around 8:45 am, and the police were just getting there. I saw about 10 police cars. I was wondering what was going on and thinking about what day it is. Kinda scary going through that tunnel."
Debbie Linkous Thomas added, "Ridiculous that everyone has to pay the price for a prank...bombers and terrorists usually don't call and warn you first...just saying. BUT there's always a first time, so what do you do but take it seriously."
Mixie Monrroy Morales added, "I missed a Dr.'s appt at Langley because of it."
David Taylor wrote, "I always feel vulnerable in any of the tunnels, on any day, but especially today. Was headed for the downtown tunnel, but the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge is my plan now. Peace of mind for a buck and a half is a steal. State Police must have some reason for inspecting these trucks, and I'm glad to see them doing it."
Traffic is backed up for miles at both tunnels.
Michael Brewer, the chief of police with the Virginia Port Authority Police Dept., said, "We are always at 'elevated' level and continue to maintain compliance with the MARSEC level as directed by the USCG Captain of the Port. In more laymen words, we are closely monitoring today’s threats and in communication with our state and federal law enforcement partners."
Hampton Roads Transit tweeted this message,"Please be suspicious of anything unattended on HRT's vehicles or property. Tell a cop, or call HRT Safety and Security at 757-222-6134."