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I-380 dropping to one lane only

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -

Road construction season is well underway.  Starting Monday, construction will cause even more travel headaches along an eastern Iowa interstate.

A six mile stretch of Interstate 380 is being reconstructed this summer.  You'll really need to budget extra time starting Monday, because the highway will be reduced to one lane only in each direction.

Drivers along Interstate 380 are getting used to the orange cones and construction work.

"You have to put up with some of those things if you're going to get your highways fixed and have them in better shape," said driver Gary Blumhagen.

Blumhagen frequently drives a Kozy Van through the stretch of road.  He and commuters like Zachary Smith know the traffic tie-ups along the highway are about to get a lot worse.

"I'm expecting a lot of backed up traffic, probably stopped traffic all the way to the Covenant area," Smith said.

That's because starting Monday, traffic along the interstate will be reduced to one lane - going head to head in the southbound lanes.   The southbound on and off ramps at River Forest Road in Evansdale and at the Raymond Road interchange will also be closed.

Once the lane closures begin Monday, you can expect serious delays and even traffic coming to a complete stop as crews reconstruct the road.  So if you can find an alternate route - you should.

Be sure to obey all posted signs in the construction zone, too.  Even if crews aren't working, you're still required to follow reduced speed limits and other posted signs.

"We're going to be funded to have extra troopers out in the work zones just themselves, especially this one and also some in the Janesville area.  Anything that happens as far as moving violations within the work zones, the fine's at least doubled," said Trooper Chuck McNally with the Iowa State Patrol.

So taking it easy will help save you some cash and help avoid accidents, while also keeping construction crews safe on the job.

Construction along the highway is expected to be complete by mid-September.

To learn more about the project, click here.

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