Road construction could cause travel headaches

The weekday rush hour is headache enough, now weekend travelers will have to look out for shut downs and slow downs as a major paving project gets underway. And it could mess up your Monday as well.

Starting around 8 P.M., it'll be slow-going along the busy corridor on I-40 near Appling Road.

Construction crews have already hauled out the machinery they'll need to pull off the six-month job. T-DOT plans to close down alternating lanes in both directions on I-40 every night from 8p.m. until 6a.m through November.

At least one lane will be open at all times.

So, starting tonight, they'll continue their ongoing interstate improvement project. They're repaving a five-mile stretch of highway just east of Appling.

They chose to do construction after evening rush hour and before morning rush hour to lessen the impact on drivers. But, in 10 days, the summer travel season shifts into full throttle and more drivers are beginning to hit the roads.

"We recognize that it's travel season. It's also construction season," said Pamela Marshall, of TDOT. "So that's why we've elected to do as much work as we can during night hours when the traffic count is the lowest. So we're trying to be as sensitive as we can."

Marshall said drivers should should allow for more time to get to their destinations if they have to pass through the area during those hours, once again, it's 8 P.M. to 6 A.M. through November on I-40 east of Appling Road.