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New lane shifts for U.S. 27 construction zone

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Drivers should expect some lane changes on a section of the TDOT construction project on U.S. 27. The $100 million project is right on track, but with it comes growing pains.

"Drivers when they are commuting in to Chattanooga on Monday morning, they will see a little bit of a different traffic pattern. So we encourage drivers to be alert and follow the signs and be patient," says Jennifer Flynn with TDOT.

Crews will make the lane shift overnight into Saturday morning. Traffic traveling South on U.S. 27 will be routed onto the newly-constructed Southbound lanes from Signal Mountain Boulevard to the closed Whitehall Road ramp.

"They will be out there. They'll be moving some barrier walls and they'll be re-striping the pavement," says Flynn.

The move will allow the construction crews to finish up sections of two bridges and barrier walls.

"Just gotta be patient," says driver JaMichael Edwards.

Drivers like Edwards say it has taken time to get used to the existing lane changes.

"At first it was confusing, but I got used to it," he says.

"For the most part it's been bearable because I can still get off Signal and still get off here and it's not blocked," says driver Daniel Lucas.

Lucas says the project does have its drawbacks.

"I think the worst part is, when you want to come to the North Shore area, around four to five, that area's backed up all the way to the Lookouts," he says.

He says in the end, the expansion will benefit Chattanooga.

"If we do not stay competitive on how we navigate traffic, then we really lose the whole draw, which is our balance of city and nature at the same time," says Lucas.

Tennessee Highway Patrol will also be patrolling the area to help drivers with the new traffic pattern. Overhead signs will guide them as well.

The new layout will be in place until at least June. The entire project is set to be finished by December of 2014.

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