PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Some Portsmouth city leaders are joining the fight to keep the Downtown Tunnel from closing every weekend.
On Thursday, the mayor, city council members, and several Old Town Portsmouth business owners sat down to discuss their plan of action against Elizabeth River Crossings and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
10 On Your Side reported earlier this month business owners say they plan to file an injunction against VDOT and Elizabeth River Crossings. Instead of blocking all westbound traffic while the westbound tube is closed on weekends for repairs, they want to see two-way traffic in the eastbound tube.
Several business owners say the closures are affecting their customer traffic. Engineers told 10 On Your Side opening the eastbound tube to two-way traffic is a safety issue, but city leaders don't buy it.
Now city leaders are discussing whether they should file the injunction again VDOT and ERC or if they should try to rally support from other Hampton Roads cities impacted by the closures.
"I think the businesses should take the lead here, but we're going to come up with a strategy to support them," said Portsmouth Mayor Kenny Wright. "This is a huge impact to our businesses and we can't stand for that."
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