Nighttime construction on Interstate 185 leaves traffic at a standstill

Nighttime construction on Interstate 185 leaves traffic at a standstill
Published: Jul. 20, 2018 at 3:50 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 at 8:26 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Driving on the highway just got a lot more dangerous for some people in Columbus after the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) began construction on Interstate 185.

"It could cause more accidents with it being worked on at night on a multiple lane highway," says driver Chuck Taylor.

Driving during standstill or congested traffic isn't a favorite for most drivers. But that's what commuters will be facing on Interstate 185 southbound as GDOT continues a construction project.

The construction work narrows the three lanes down into one lane near the Macon Road exit (Exit 6). Some drivers say it's not the safest road to take.

"I see how we can be a problem because the road is condensed. You have a lot of elderly on the road and people with bad vision. It's not a positive," says driver Mark Winder-Weedle.

Natalie Dale with GDOT says the work being done is a concrete slab replacement project which includes removing concrete pavement and replacing those layers for safer travel. She says the work hours are from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and motorists should expect delays and plan ahead when driving on Interstate 185 South during these hours.

GDOT did not specify when the road work is expected to be complete.

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