PORTSMOUTH-- It's all part of a plan to give drivers a more direct route to the Downtown Tunnel from Portsmouth...
Come next month work gets underway on the Martin Luther King extension. First on the list, a permanent closure of the Des Moines avenue exit ramp on I-264 east....
The following month the London Boulevard interchanges will temporarily close... And that's just the beginning.
In the first few months of the new year the Frederick Boulevard exit ramp from I-264 will temporarily close and the I-264 west South Street on ramp will be shut down permanently.
There will be single lane closures on I-264 east and west and a temporary closure of the I -264 pedestrian bridge near Frederick Boulevard.
And finally----short term closures at night for setting bridge beams over roadways.
It's a lot of commuter pain for potentially a great deal of commuter gain.
We have a tale of two college students who attend classes at the Visual Arts Center in downtown Portsmouth--they have opposite opinions of the ramp closures...
Says Maddy Thompson, "I think as long as it makes things easier for us it would be very beneficial. I'm willing to take some hits"
Samantha Boggs says on the other hand, "I work all day and then I go to school here at night. I don't want to be late for class because exits are being closed off. It's going to throw me off."