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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Construction has pretty much become a regular landscape here on Providence Road...to the frustration of many drivers like Debbie Montaner.
"I actually have to leave a half hour everyday to get here, mostly in the afternoon because of the congestion," says Debbie.
A widening project on Providence goes from the 485 loop all the way south to Rea Road around the Weddington area. From the naked eye it appears the project is about done and the road is finally paved.
One See, Click, Fix viewer asks online, "By all appearances most of its ready, but the barrels remain in place. Can you find out when these lanes will be opened?"
So we called the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Who replied to our request the same day; giving us the answer many of you have been waiting for.
NCDOT says the orange and white barrels will remain in place for now for a couple reasons. They're still installing the pavement markings. Plus they need to complete certain repair work that is close enough to the road to require lane closures if all lanes were open.
What you want to hear though is when this road will finally be construction-free. NCDOT tells WBTV this project is currently on schedule for a mid-November completion.
We know though for drivers who use this road daily, mid-November couldn't come soon enough.
"I just want this construction to finish already," says Debbie.
NCDOT says if it opens all the roads and puts down pavement markings it would take longer to complete. That's why Providence is still down to one lane in both directions.
Officials also say, once they open all the lanes, they don't want to close it again to fix something else.