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Drivers cope with I-40, I-240 lane closures

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Mid-South drivers are dealing with a traffic nightmare as a result of lane closures near the Interstate 40/240 interchange.

Drivers taking side streets are feeling the ripple effects all over the east side of Memphis as more and more people find alternate routes to avoid the traffic mess.

"A lot of traffic and a lot of angry people giving the middle finger," said driver Jacob Steen.

Warnings about nightmare traffic are now reality. Construction backups started Thursday morning.

Davis Moore said, "She was driving earlier, but I'm driving now because she's tired of it."

It took Moore and his girlfriend, Kristina Henderson, 20 minutes just to go about a mile from Poplar Avenue to Walnut Grove Road on I-240.

"The drivers, they were cutting over onto the side of the road and zooming past," said Henderson.

Logjams and bottlenecks will be frequent along I-240 and I-40 after crews cut the number of traffic lanes.

Drivers can expect these headaches to last as long as flyover construction continues for the next four months.

WMC Action News 5's Michael Clark spoke with drivers as they creeped along the interstate just before the lane reductions at the Walnut Grove exit on I-240 east.

"It's terrible," said one driver. "I hope I make it before the sun goes down."

Those drivers made it off just before 5 p.m. traffic that looked more like a parking lot after a Grizzlies game. Drivers hope the headaches are worth it in the long run.

"It's a decision now whether I go on Walnut Grove or I get back onto the interstate, I'm heading to Bartlett," said driver Justin Leet. "Both of them are kind of backed up right now so it's a lose, lose situation."

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