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U.S. 80, Islands Expressway construction affecting islands traffic

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Two Chatham County-area road work projects are underway affecting traffic both to and from the islands.

If U.S. 80 or the Islands Expressway is part of your commute, you may see some slowdowns over the next few weeks.

Chatham County engineering crews are working on the Sam Varnedoe Drawbridge at Causton Bluff that goes over the Wilmington River and it is causing some slowdowns.

Crews are repairing the bridge because of movement in its frame. Engineers say the only way to carry out those repairs is to keep one side of the drawbridge raised. This means they are diverting all traffic to one lane in either direction on the south bound lane of the bridge.

A second project has begun overnight as well. This one is a Georgia Department of Transportation operation. Crews will be resurfacing portions of Highway 80 between Gray Creek on Whitemarsh Island and the Bull River Bridge on Wilmington Island. That work will take place during the week between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., so it should not affect rush hour commutes.

These projects are expected to last the entire month of June, assuming there are not any major weather delays.

Transportation officials are encouraging drivers to be patient this month and to slow down in these construction areas to keep the workers safe.

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