I-75 construction causes congestion, high potential for accidents

Construction on I-75 in Macon / Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- There are a lot of changes coming to I-75 and I-16 that are sure to cause confusion and congestion for drivers.

Right now there is a right lane closure on I-75S from the I-16 split to Hardeman Avenue. There is also a right lane closure on I-75N in the same area.

This recent closure leaves only one lane open for drivers continuing on those roads.

Georgia State Patrol Sgt. MacKay Bloodworth said more patrols have been heading to the area because of car crashes lately. He said drivers are more likely to get into fender benders and severe accidents when driving through construction zones.

He said much of the time, problems arise from drivers being impatient. He said many drivers don't want to wait in the congestion so at the last minute they try to correct into the proper lanes, which can cause more congestion and potential for accidents.

He encouraged those driving through the area to slow down. There is already a $100 fine in place for speeding in a construction zone and he said that if this will get drivers to slow down, they will write the ticket because they want everyone to get to where they need to be safely.

Bloodworth said this construction is going to be going on for a while and there will be more traffic changes coming, so it is up to the driver to drive safely.

He encouraged drivers not to drive distracted and to leave extra time to get where you need to be because there will probably be congestion.

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