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I-385 lanes shift once again

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Construction barrels line parts of I-385 in Greenville County. (File/FOX Carolina) Construction barrels line parts of I-385 in Greenville County. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

When drivers get onto Interstate 385 in Greenville County, they may see orange barrels and construction workers. Many of those drivers said the construction zones are becoming just as common as the daily commute.

"Oh the bumps, everything else has been going good," said Sonny Callaham.

Callaham drives I-385 every day and said he's ready for the construction to be over, but he understands and is dealing with it.

"When there are lane changes, there's not any quick jerks or turns on the road, so it just makes it a little bit easier for the traffic flow," said Callaham.

The traffic flow and lane shifts are part of the I-385 widening project. Construction crews will eventually turn four lanes into six lanes. And to do that, the flow of traffic will often change.

"It's very bumpy, shifting lanes almost like you're going to hit the wall, I don't like it," said Ann Kellett.

Kellett said since the construction started, she's found a new route.

"I just try to avoid it," said Kellett.

The next shift will take place Tuesday between 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. in the northbound lanes, depending if it rains or not. The area affected is between exits 30 to 35 near Butler and Bridges Road.

"The thing that drivers have to remember is if they want to go to Butler or Bridges Road, they're going to exit at a different location," said Patrick McKenzie, a construction engineer with the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

"It reduces congestion and increases safety," said McKenzie.

He said signs are posted to help drivers avoid any other bumps in the road.

"Please bear with us, everything is going to be much better this fall," said McKenzie.

The entire I-385 project is expected to be complete by the end of October. Part of the $65 million project is federally funded through the American Recovery Investment Act, which is stimulus money.

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