NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim wants to change traffic patterns on Hampton Boulevard.
As it stands, large trucks can’t drive on the road after 4 p.m., but the mayor’s proposal would extend the hours until 7 p.m. The possible change has brought about mixed reactions.
Elisha Creekmur travels frequently along Hampton Boulevard and isn’t keen on the idea of a three-hour extension for large trucks using the road.
“Starting at 3 o’clock and later at 4 and during the school year, it’s really congested. It’s not a good idea. It’s already backed up because of ODU and the Midtown Tunnel.”
But the Mayor’s reasons behind the proposal from at the urging of the Port of Virginia as a cost saving measure. Even then, Councilman Andy Protogytou doesn’t think the change needs to happen hurriedly.
“My idea would be a September time frame. We can get it to Ghent, West Ghent, Larchmont, Lochaven … get the discussion going, explain what’s going on and see what the feedback is,” Protogyrou said.
The truck ban went into effect in 2007 as a way to cut down on traffic congestion. Trucks leaving the port after 4 p.m. currently use alternate routes.