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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta Police officers will be writing tickets this week for drivers who drive through the Hill Avenue overpass construction zone. For the past two weeks officers have been giving drivers warnings, but starting Thursday you can expect a ticket.

If you're caught driving through the Hill Avenue construction zone this week, may get away with just a warning.

"We'll give him a warning and re-direct him on where he needs to go during the detour so he doesn't hurt any of those construction workers out there," said Sgt. Alex Adair, Valdosta Police Department.

But you might not be as lucky on Thursday.

Starting Thursday you could face a $112 fine, and three points on your drivers license.

The $9.7 million overpass will eventually help drivers avoid long wait times when trains pass through town. By shutting Hill Avenue down for only drivers accessing businesses on this road it will help workers finish the job sooner.

"It keeps the motorists off the road here during the construction, it keeps them safe. That's the main thing to keep the motorists safe," said Jim Martinez, Valdosta Engineering Project Manager.

That safety will come at a small cost, an extra 10 minutes to your commute.

"Local traffic can either take Savannah Avenue or come around and take River Street," said officer Alvin May.

And if you want to avoid being this guy...

"The reason I stopped you is because you're coming through this detour," said Adair.  

...pay attention to the detour signs on Thursday.

The Hill Avenue overpass is expected to be completed by December 2014.

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