Hampton public works on Monday installed new traffic cones as lane dividers near the foot of the Booker T. Washington Bridge and Settlers Landing Road, city officials said.
The cones are meant to keep motorists from crossing lanes when trying to cut through downtown Hampton seeking alternate access to eastbound Interstate 64. Traffic usually backs up beginning late afternoon.
For the next two weeks, the city will monitor whether traffic flow improves using the cones and gather feedback. If it improves, Hampton will install permanent bollard barriers to guide traffic.
When drivers cross the lanes, or try to skip ahead by taking other routes, it blocks all traffic flow on the roadway, according to a city news release. The congestion also creates problems for the police, fire and other emergency personnel trying to get through.
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