NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — State Police say they are cracking down on those who try to use the 15th View off ramp in Norfolk as a way to get on Interstate 64.
The problem has been a headache for years for troopers and Willoughby residents.
“Really to tell you the truth, a lot of us don’t like it,” said resident James Hooper.
“Our biggest fear is that someone is going to get hurt and there is going to be a collision,” Holly Christopher with VDOT added.
Normally when traffic starts backing up from the HRBT, the 15th View ramp onto Interstate 64 closes. When that happens, some drivers find an ulterior way to get on 64, a very illegal one.
“A lot of traffic is driving up the wrong way from 15th View on the ramp to 64 westbound,” said Virginia State Police Sergeant Michelle Anaya. “In the 20 years I’ve worked here, there are a lot of things that are startling, but this is one of the startling.”
Over the years, more signs have been put up warning drivers they’re going the wrong way. The signs aren’t just at the ramp.
“We have plenty of signs that tells you 15th View ramp is closed, but nobody pays attention to it,” Hooper added.
State Police and VDOT have seen enough. They know it is only a matter of time before somebody gets hurt.
“It’s dangerous for the drivers who are driving the wrong way and for the drivers that are attempting the exit the interstate, because it could cause a head-on collision,” Anaya said. “It could cause massive damage and possible death.”
To put the brakes on the problem, VDOT and State Police are ramping up enforcement
“It’s just not safe,” Christopher added. “You don’t know that somebody’s not coming down that ramp.”
10 On Your Side saw troopers watching the ramp like a hawk. We’re told that will continue for the foreseeable future.
“Strict enforcement and hopefully word will get out,” Anaya said.
“It’s mainly the drivers just trying to get on to that interstate, which is stupid,” Hooper added.