I-20 Lane Shift

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

If you think traffic on I-20 is bad now, get ready--it could become a nightmare.

Tuesday will be the first morning that a new construction project shifts all eastbound traffic onto the westbound side of I-20.

It begins near the 196 exit and ends just past the Warren Road bridge.

News 12's Diane Cho is on your side to tell you just how long this mess will be with us.

Jualdene Coleman has to use I-20 everyday to get to work and even without the lanes shifting, it's already causing her headaches.

“The little change they did the other day it took me 45 minutes to get from exit 194 to 199,” Coleman says.

Starting at ten o'clock on Monday night, the department of transportation will move all traffic going eastbound on I-20 into the westbound lanes.

The lane shift will begin near exit 196 and end just after the Warren Road bridge, lasting less than a mile.

One driver thinks this move might help the flow of traffic.

“I can live better with the lane shift than the lane closing because it takes forever,” says Christy Cook.

The $11 million project will add culverts to the road and raise it another 12 feet, which may prevent another flooding disaster like the one that happened five years ago.

“If it's something that needs to be done, just got to cope with it,” says Coleman.

The lane shifts are expected to be completed by late April or May, but the entire project won't be finished until April 2007.

During Masters Week all construction and lane closures will come to a complete standstill to relieve some of the congestion, but the lane shifts will remain.

The interstate seems to be getting a lot of attention from construction crews.

Most recently, construction shut down lanes on both sides of I-20 near the Washington Road exit.

This was around the travel heavy holiday season.

And back in 2003, crews were again working on both sides of I-20--this time, just a month before the Masters.

Bad weather and several accidents caused delays, but the crews managed to clean up before the Masters crowds flooded the town.


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