Hampton is on the lookout for a method to fight site visitors jams within the metropolis attributable to eastbound drivers making an attempt to keep away from backups on Interstate 64.
The City Council is contemplating a pilot program that will shut entry to the Settlers Landing Road eastbound I-64 ramp from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays. In June, the entry could be closed coming from Hampton University. In July, the closure would change and entry could be closed coming from Woodland.
“One of the major traffic issues we’ve had in the city in recent years is where some of the mapping applications have sent people through our city to avoid the traffic on I-64 because of backups that occur related to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel,” mentioned Brian DeProfio, assistant metropolis supervisor.
The gridlock on metropolis streets makes it tough for patrons to get to companies and for residents to get into their properties. The congestion is overflowing into Phoebus and downtown Hampton.
And the issue is predicted to worsen as development on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel continues, in line with DeProfio.
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The Virginia Department of Transportation warned metropolis officers within the fall of 2020 that congestion within the metropolis would improve whereas work was executed for the $3.8 billion enlargement challenge. The hope is that when the challenge is completed, Hampton’s site visitors drawback will probably be too.
The metropolis launched the same two-month pilot program April 1 that closed the Mallory Street Bridge Ramp from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays.
“Since we started that program in early April, we have significantly reduced the traffic concerns in downtown Phoebus,” mentioned Jason Mitchell, town’s public works director.
During the primary three weeks of the closures, there have been instances eastbound site visitors on the interstate was backed up so far as Rip Rap Road, however there weren’t any backups in Phoebus, Mitchell mentioned.
He requested the City Council to contemplate extending the Mallory Street pilot program for a further 60 days whereas town additionally tries to handle the site visitors at Settlers Landing Road.
If accepted, the pilot packages will probably be used to gather information on the influence the measures have on metropolis streets whereas town continues to discover choices to scale back site visitors.
Jessica Nolte, 757-912-1675, firstname.lastname@example.org