Drivers are frustrated with the SR 141 construction.
PEACHTREE CORNERS, GA (CBS46) -
Drivers who use the southbound lanes of State Route 141 through Peachtree Corners said they are tired of the construction that is going on all hours of the day, including the morning rush hour.
"It's horrible. It makes me late," said Marvin Tedjamulia, who drives through the area regularly.
Georgia's Department of Transportation (GDOT) said it is extending turn lanes both north and south between Peachtree Corners Circle and Spalding Drive.
GDOT told CBS Atlanta contractors typically have set hours they are allowed to work but the SR 141 project is a "Quick Response Project" so crews are free to work whenever they want.
"It's terrible," said Mark Wheatley who was driving through the area. "Everybody leaves 30 minutes early before work and they're still late to work."
Some drivers said GDOT should always do roadwork during off-peak hours.
"Can they do it after 8 o'clock at night with lights?" asked Mark Mahre. "That's a question I'd like to ask. Other cities do it at night."
GDOT said it cannot do certain projects after dark.
"We hear a lot during the summer when people are on the road, 'Why can't you do work at night?' We have to take advantage of the daylight hours we have," said GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale. "It's the best time for our workers, the safest time for our workers to get work done so we really maximize our efforts during those hours."
Dale said while the SR 141 contractors do not have set hours, the state encourages them to work between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
"Give us a heads up," said Dale. "Let us know if you think it's an extreme problem. If we're not doing a good job mitigating traffic during that project, we're happy to look at it."
GDOT could not say when the construction will be completed.
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