Construction Signs Still Line a Seemingly Completed I-55

Construction Signs Still Line a Seemingly Completed I-55

Construction crews are off on Memorial Day, however on I-55 and Mallory, near downtown Memphis, they've been off for months, but you wouldn't know it by looking at signs with a maximum speed limit of 45 miles an hour.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Construction crews are off on Memorial Day, however on I-55 and Mallory, near downtown Memphis, they've been off for months, but you wouldn't know it by looking at signs with a maximum speed limit of 45 miles an hour.

Drivers complained when there actually was construction on I-55. Brent Hogue used to live downtown, he says, "There was a bunch of K rails there, then everybody goes from three lanes to two; those semis don't even care, they're going right in there."

Olivia Lunsford drives that portion of I-55 often, "It's just one thing after the other and the worst part about it is the narrowing of the lanes."

Lunsford was excited when the lanes opened back up. She hasn't noticed a worker in months, but she has noticed one thing. "It's still frustrating because the speed limit signs are still up and everything. Why, you know?" That's what abc24.com went to find out.

Orange construction zone signs say 45 MPH. Even TDOT admits the crews haven't been working there for months. Yet, drivers are still noticing police on speeder patrol.

Matthew Arnold lives downtown and travels the road daily to get to work. "I've seen cops pulling people over all the time," he says.

A spokesperson for TDOT says the original striping used for the project had a few areas that didn't adhere as well as they had hoped, so the state is replacing the work with a thermoplastic striping. However, it took a few months to get a change order approved to finish the project. TDOT's spokesperson says, "The decision to keep the signs in place was due to the fact that we knew we would be coming back to finalize the new striping and that it was still considered a work zone."

Hogue says, "I do not think that's fair, how do you mess that up? I feel like these people, it's not their first time paving a road, they should get that right."

Lunsford says if they didn't get it right they should at least take the sign down or cover it up, "In my personal opinion I do not think that's fair at all."

A spokesperson with TDOT says they expect to have workers out this week and finish the project and then remove the signs.

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