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Commuters, businesses concerned about ramp closure

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

On most mornings you can find Richard Hafner of York at the Round the Clock Diner off of Exit 21 on Interstate 83.

Its part of his routine. A routine that will be forced to change when Exit 21 shuts down for bridge construction.

"How are people going to be able to get back on Arsenal Road? How are people going to get on arsenal road?," asked Hafner.

When roadwork starts on July 13 motorists headed from I-83 South to Route 30 will be directed to use Exit 22.

"The traffic is bad enough, that's only going to make it worse," said Nick Mezzullo of Manchester.

Mezzullo travels on I-83 on a regular basis. He says closing the ramp could make driving towards town even more of a nightmare.

"It can sometime take us up to a half an hour to get from our side of town to like Best Buy or wherever we would like to go on that side of town," said Mezzullo.

While some are worried about the traffic, others are more concerned about what this closure will do to the local businesses.

"It's going to interfere with a lot of the vendors and the business people in the area, yes it will bother them for a while," said Cliff Rowell of York.

The bridge up for repairs is 54-years-old and some say fixing it is long overdue.

"Six months is a pretty long time but if they do it right it will be worth it," said Ann Carter of York.

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

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