Heading south? Something you need to know

Construction on the Veterans Expressway has made driving south interesting, to say the least. But this weekend, it might be something worth avoiding altogether.

The southbound inside travel lane between Hillsborough Avenue at Exit 4 and Memorial Highway at Exit 3 will be closed beginning Aug. 22, and not reopening until the early hours of Aug. 25.

Officials will start closing the road at 7 p.m., with worth in that area continuing until the re-opening Monday morning at 5.

The closure will allow workers to reconstruct the roadway base in that area, not far from the future express lanes planned for that portion of the road, officials said. It’s expected to create significant delays southbound on the Veterans between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. throughout the weekend.

The best way to avoid congestion, according to the release, would be to exit the Veterans at Hillsborough Avenue, and use the West Eisenhower Boulevard to rejoin the Veterans at Memorial Highway. There is no additional toll for anyone using this particular route.

If that wasn’t enough, the southbound on-ramp at Hillsborough Avenue will be closed during the same dates and times. Motorists needing to head in that direction should once again use West Eisenhower Boulevard, and enter the Veterans southbound at Memorial Highway.

The work is not expected to affect commuter traffic, since the roads will reopen before dawn.

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