Highway 316 improvements causing headaches for drivers

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Last-minute lane changes are happening a lot on Highway 316 eastbound at the intersection of Georgia 20 and the temporary lane shift, part of the Highway 316 makeover, is causing some major confusion.

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Last-minute lane changes are happening a lot on Highway 316 eastbound at the intersection of Georgia 20 and the temporary lane shift, which is part of the Highway 316 makeover, is causing some major confusion.

Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh and photographer Oscar Carrillo mounted several cameras to their live truck to capture the mess.

The confusion occurs as the original lanes become five. Two are left turn lanes.

Many drivers realize too late they're heading the wrong way.

"I hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it," said driver Yolanda Hector. "You think that you're going straight, but you're actually not."

Several drivers described the same experience.

"You're holding up people trying to making a left turn because you're actually merging over to the right," said driver Dean Noseworthy.

"They were stopping not really knowing where to go," said driver Sohum Naik.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says it has heard from drivers signaling a trouble spot.

"About two weeks ago we met with the contractor, rode the route talking through the complaints and decided we needed to put up an extra sign to try and give more advanced warning," says GDOT spokesperson Teri Pope.

GDOT says that extra sign was set to be installed Thursday. But after Kavanaugh called, the contractor got it up Wednesday.

This "left lanes left turn only" sign is designed to reinforce the existing overhead signage and pavement markings.

"It's about 300 feet south of the overhead signage so now you have over 800 feet of warning," said Pope.

Pope says drivers should have plenty of warning now, if they are traveling the speed limit. Because of the construction work zone, the limit has been reduced to 45 mph.

Drivers hope the new sign will reduce the merging and swerving.

"A serious accident could actually occur there," Hector said.