New lane closures on Westbound 180
Two new lane closures on Highway 180 have traffic slowing and break lights flashing, leaving some motorists frustrated.
"I will avoid it like it is a disease," said driver Lauri Linder.
The closure is part of continuing construction on a new ramp system that will make it easier for drivers to navigate the area and for the next six months that includes closing two lanes on Westbound 180.
"This allows us to move the asphalt that's out there and put in new concrete that will be the new configuration for the area,” said Pat Hinterberger, who is an assistant manager on the project.
In the meantime drivers are urged to slow down and avoid the area if possible.
"Knowing that there is going to be a backup or the potential for a backup, give yourself a little more space between yourself and the vehicle in front of you," said California Highway Patrolman Sean Duncan.
And project organizers are hoping drivers will take it on themselves to prevent backups while they continue to work towards completing construction by the fall.
"We are just asking people to maybe plan an alternate route and have some patience," said Hinterberger.