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Confusion on Chantilly: Construction and lane changes throw drivers for a loop

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Drivers in East Montgomery were met with frustration and confusion as they tried to navigate Chantilly Parkway Thursday. Motorists hit the road to find their normal travel routes altered and in some cases barricaded off.

It's already one of the most traveled streets in the city, now construction and lane changes are adding chaos to the commute just in time for the holiday shopping season. We've been anticipating the plan for months but a sea of orange reflective barrels are throwing drivers for a loop.

Construction and lane changes on Chantilly Parkway have drivers like Rose Cushman second guessing their normal commute.

"It's extremely confusing especially when you know where you're supposed to go and you can't do it because that's what you used to do but you can't do it now,” said Cushman.

Officials with ALDOT say the changes represent new traffic patterns until concrete barriers and islands can be installed.

"Anytime you change a traffic pattern there's going to be confusion,” says Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.

Fueling the confusion: A new protected legal U-turn at EastChase Parkway, some eliminated left turns. Right-in/right-out only at Boyd Cooper, extending the queuing lane from Chantilly to 85-South and a new service road from the Burger King to Highway 126.

"It's not going to be dissimilar to what we have on Taylor Road Channeling and not being able to weave and some right ins and some right outs,” said Mayor Strange.

ALDOT added more barrels, signage, and markings throughout the day to help ease concerns after drivers complained Thursday morning.

Mayor Strange admitted there had been some concerns at his media briefing Thursday morning and crews sprang into action trying to enhance alerts. Officials say these changes will help traffic move more efficiently, in the meantime, Cushman has a plea for her fellow drivers.

"Have to be really slow and really take your time and be courteous of other drivers because it’s rough and we don't need any more accidents,” said Cushman.

Drivers traveling through Chantilly Parkway Friday morning may notice some changes, crews worked through the night pouring concrete so those concrete barriers and islands may come to fruition sooner rather than later.

Officials with ALDOT say traffic won't flow as smoothly until construction is complete and they're aiming to have this project done by the end of the year, weather permitting.

The State Department of Transportation estimates about 40,000 vehicles travel the Chantilly Parkway area daily.

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