Construction causes problems for commuters on Germantown Road. - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Construction causes problems for commuters on Germantown Road.

The problem is more and more people are commuting between Memphis and Olive Branch, and during rush hour traffic one section of Germantown Road is almost at a stand still.

Construction crews in Olive Branch are preparing for major work on Germantown Road.

The centerpiece is the renovation of this railroad crossing.

Folks who live in the area told horror stories about the 21-thousand vehicles that use this 2-lane stretch daily.

"Its very congested it's a mess I've seen a lot of fender benders, normally its double, multiple cars," said driver Donna Price.

Olive Branch officials say widening this road to five lanes should help curb the traffic congestion that's only gotten worse with the rapid population growth in this area.

"Many of our residents live in Olive Branch but work in Shelby County," said Tina Lee of the Olive Branch Engineering Department.

But to do the widening - crews will have to close this mile section of Germantown Road to through traffic for the next four days.

Olive Branch officials say if you live or work in the area you will still be able to get through.

But through traffic drivers will be forced to detour.

The State Department of Transportation will operate huge message boards to show you where to detour.

But if you can, it might be a good idea to avoid this roadway for the next four days.

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