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DOT officials caution drivers to watch out for construction workers

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Department of Transportation workers are working in the dark on the Liberty Expressway Friday night and they are asking you to slow down, and keep them safe.  Work remains on schedule for the Jefferson Street Interchange, as Department of Transportation workers begin prepping to pave the roads.  

The left westbound lane on U.S. 82/Liberty Expressway is closed and will be for the next several days. Department of Transportation officials are asking all drivers to remain patient and cautious while their workers are out on the roads.  

DOT construction workers are rolling in to begin Friday night's work on the Jefferson Street Interchange.  

"They're going to be paving the inside shoulder of the road because at some point in the near future we're going to have to shift traffic toward that direction and you can't put traffic on an unpaved shoulder," said Nita Birmingham with the Department of Transportation.  

The paving is part of the construction work for the new on ramp being built. Workers will be wearing reflective vests throughout the night and during the day so they are visible to drivers. Signs have also been put up to make drivers aware of the lane changes.  

"We always ask people when they're entering a work zone to slow down and be aware of your surroundings," said Birmingham. "That's even more critical when we're having people out doing night time work because of the poor visibility."  

While the construction will cause traffic, DOT officials are asking drivers to be patient.  

"Know that that lane is going to be closed," said Birmingham. "So if you are going to be traveling on Liberty Expressway put a little more time into your schedule so that you're not rushed getting to point A to Point B. "  

They say drivers should also be on the lookout for equipment.

"People think when they don't see a live a body out there, they think there is no need to slow down, but there is still equipment and lane shifts," said Birmingham. "So you need to watch out for that."  

Workers will be out until midnight and will begin paving Saturday morning and possibly into the night. The left westbound lane will reopen at 5:30 Monday morning.    

DOT officials say 36% of the project is complete. The project is expected to be finished in December 2015.

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